Tips for health ageing

This section provides a range of useful tips to help you age well. Use the left menu to access tip for different areas of interest.

Is your current lifestyle helping you age well? Complete the Healthy Ageing Quiz to find out.

Some useful tips to help you age well:

Eat a balanced diet, 3 regular meals and plenty of fluids (preferably water) each day. See our section on Nutrition.

Exercise regularly - at least 30 minutes of moderately intense exercise every day. Do a range of exercise that involve balance and walking, strength, flexibility and cardiorespiratory activities.

Keep your weight within a healthy range. Do you know your body mass index (BMI) and your waist circumference? If not, find out or talk to your doctor.

Keep your mind active - read, write, do crosswords, play music, play games, learn new activities or skills.

Don't smoke! it is never too late to quit!

The new Australian Alcohol Guidelines for Low Risk Drinking recommend that adults drink two standard drinks (10g of alcohol) or less a day but suggest that older people should consider drinking less or no alcohol. The body's ability to process alcohol decreases with age and alcohol can interact with your medication.

Try and get 7-8 hours of good quality sleep regularly. See Sleeping Well.

Understand your medical conditions and your medication - whether it is arthritis, high blood pressure, diabetes etc., ensure that both are properly managed. See Safe Use of Medicines.

Have a medical check-up at least once a year. If there is a problem, early detection improves outcomes.

Practice safety habits at home and in the community to prevent falls and fractures. See Avoiding Falls.

Maintain contacts with your family and friends. Stay active and socially and productively engaged through work, volunteering, recreational activities and involvement in the community.

Keep a positive attitude towards life and a sense of humour. Do things that make you happy and give you meaning/purpose.

Be adaptive as your circumstances change, look for opportunities to meet new friends, to take on new activities, learn new skills.

Plan your long term housing, financial needs and your retirement activities. Don't wait until you retire to decide what you will do to keep active and productively engaged.