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Celebrate National Healthy Aging Month

Sometimes it might seem like the only thing sweet about having a birthday is the cake we get to eat once we blow out the candles, but the folks at Healthy Aging® are hoping to change that. September is Healthy Aging Month is an annual celebration designed to focus attention on the positive aspects of growing older and encourage Americans over the age of 50 to take personal responsibility for their health. Healthy Aging® created the national observance more than 15 years ago.

September is Healthy Aging Month is a national initiative developed to help individuals think more positively about growing older. Other organizations with healthy tips for the 50 and older crowd include:

Health Hearing, an online resource for hearing health and hearing loss. Browse the site to find consumer guides, articles and FAQs on hearing health, hearing aids and hearing loss, as well as the location of more than 4700 hearing clinics, audiologists and ear doctors. Browse Healthy Hearing's clinic reviews to read unbiased consumer-written reviews on more than 2300 clinics, hearing centers and their professional staffs.

The American Heart Association's Getting Healthy section provides free information on nutrition, exercise, weight and stress management, and smoking cessation. The site also provides information on heart attack symptoms in women, understanding blood pressure readings, warning signs of a heart attack, symptoms of high blood pressure and what cholesterol levels mean.

AARP is a nonprofit organization for individuals age 50 and older with more than 37 million members. The website offers information on health, work and retirement, money, home and family, entertainment, food, travel and politics. Interactive tools include Work Reimagined, Caregiving Resource Center , Medicare Summary Notice Decoder and Estate Tax Planning.

Aging is an inevitable part of life, so it goes without saying that the more cheerfully we can embrace the process, the easier life will be -- for ourselves as well as our family members. The best way to age gracefully is to develop healthy ways to deal with change, such as:

  • Count your blessings.  You may not have control over how things are changing in your life, but you do have control on how you deal with it.
  • Speak Up.  When life's changes frustrate you, take time to acknowledge that frustration constructively. Denying the way you feel can lead to anger and depression, two emotions that are toxic. Find appropriate ways to confront your frustration by writing, talking to a trusted friend or engaging in your favorite physical activity.
  • Accept the things you can't change. Sometimes the only thing we can control is our reaction to people and life's circumstances. Focus on those things you can affect and let go of the rest.
  • Deal with it on a daily basis. How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time! When you're experiencing physical, emotional or financial stress, face it head on. 

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