- Keep yourself active. Get off the couch. Walk briskly for 15 minutes away from your home and walk back. Do this at least three times a week.
- Take it easy. By managing stress, we reduce the ill effects of free radicals which damage cells and cause premature ageing. Indulge in hobbies as time allows. Laugh more, often at yourself.
- Widen your social network. By sharing experiences you share your joys and struggles, get encouraged, learn new things and grow.
- Stop smoking and drink alcohol moderately. Go for regular medical check-ups for early detection of diseases.
- Eat a healthy balanced diet with fruits and vegetables, lean meat (preferably white, not red), complex carbohydrates and fibre. Not all fats are bad as small amounts of monounsaturated fats (from nuts and olive oil) are healthy. Think of functional foods (like soya, yogurt) as well.
- Keep on learning. Research disproves the adage, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” Take up challenging puzzles and games. Learn to do research on the Internet. Learn a new subject by enrolling in a course.
- Be a volunteer or take up a part-time job. This develops both your social and intellectual skills.
- Financial preparation is crucial. No one fancies living on the goodwill of others when we outlive our finances. Inflation can derail our plans.
- Decide whether it’s best to live with one’s own family or in a retirement home.