7 Tips for Healthier Aging

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					     7 Tips
     for Healthier Aging
     By Terence B. Bernier, Marsh Affinity Group Services, an ROA Affinity Partner
     Thanks to improved prevention methods and medical advances, Americans are living longer than ever before.
     However, with this longer life expectancy has come the increase of chronic disease or degenerative illness (heart disease, cancer,
     diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, among others). Studies from the Merck Company Foundation and the Centers for Disease
     Control Prevention report that currently about 80 percent of older Americans are living with at least one chronic condition.

     Certain behaviors and lifestyle factors have been proven to reduce your risk of chronic conditions.
     Following these seven tips can help you age healthier:

     1   Quit smoking. Eliminating                  5 Get regular wellness exams.                Be Financially Prepared
     cigarettes, tobacco, and nicotine              Many chronic conditions such as cancer           While you can reduce your risk by
     products can significantly reduce your         and heart disease can be treated if found    following these healthier aging tips, several
     risk of cancer, heart disease, and stroke/     early. That’s why you should have a          factors, including family history, could still
     hypertension. Many products on the             physical exam every year (including          cause you to develop a chronic condition.
     market have shown positive smoking             eye exam) and then consult with your         That’s why many ROA Members make sure
     cessation results. Consult with your           physician about other health screenings      they’re financially prepared with the ROA
     physician to choose the best one for your      appropriate for your age and risk factors.   Short-Term Recovery Insurance Plan.
     situation.                                                                                      For more information about ROA’s
                                                    6   Stimulate your brain. When               insurance plan, call 1-800-247-7988 or
     2 Maintain a healthy weight.                   you exercise your mind, you can help         visit the ROA insurance plan website at
     Obese individuals are at higher risk of        keep away memory loss, Alzheimer’s,          www.roainsure.com. RO
				
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Description: Eating a diet high in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and Omega-3 fatty acids, and low in processed meats can help reduce your risk of obesity, diabetes, some cancers, and heart disease. 5 Get regular wellness exams. Be Financially Prepared While you can reduce your risk by following these healthier aging tips, several factors, including family history, could still cause you to develop a chronic condition.
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