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A checklist for healthy aging

September 9, 2022
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A message from Doctor Rob, Chief Medical Officer at Commonwealth Care Alliance

Headshot of Commonwealth Care Alliance Chief Medical Officer Robert MacArthur, M.D.

Aging well means discovering ways to improve quality of life as we age. Making healthy changes now can make a big difference in aging well!

When discussing healthy aging, there are many factors to consider. Here are two:

Making connections can be the best medicine.

A supportive community and relationships can improve physical and mental health, as well as your quality of life. As you age, stay in touch with the people you love and develop new relationships when possible.

Living well at home in the future requires planning today.

Consider your future now. Do you picture yourself staying in your home, with family, or somewhere else in your community?  No matter your preference, start planning today.

To expand your community, check out local churches, senior centers, adult day services, volunteering organizations, and more. These resources can help you meet new people and keep your body and mind active.

First, discuss your wishes with family or others you trust. Second, look for ways to prepare. For example, if you want to age in your current home, look around. Will your home be safe if you can’t move around as easily in the future? What modifications should you make to keep your home as safe as possible?

For help with aging well at home, you can also contact CCA Member Services or speak to one of our community health workers. We may be able to connect you to programs and services that fit your needs.

The list below outlines just a few things you’ll need to keep in mind or learn more about to stay healthy as you age. As always, thank you for the opportunity to serve you.

Healthy Aging Checklist

For more information and advice on healthy aging, check out our interview with CCA Director of Geriatrics Debbie Sylvester discussing aging well, at home.


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