"Consider your needs to maintain a healthy retirement, from reducing your risk of falls and staying safe behind the wheel to improving your memory. Make sure you create a lifestyle for yourself in which you cover all the factors impacting your potential for better health. You will function at a higher level when you address how your living environment supports or hinders your well-being. By addressing these issues, you can then focus on living the life you want to live, no matter what challenges you face." - Mark A. (Tony) Enquist, Administrator of Charter House, Mayo Clinic Retirement Living, Rochester, Minnesota.
Take Action Now
- Review your environment. Evaluate how well your current living environment and social network enhances your health. Consider what resources you need to support your healthy aging.
- Create a Life Plan. Develop a personalized plan so you can maintain control over your life as you age. Find resources offering you flexibility as your needs change. Don’t wait until you are in the middle of a crisis.
- Plan ahead. Review the Mayo Clinic Advance Health Care Planning guide to prepare your living will and advance directives for medical decisions. Address other important legal issues associated with aging.