Here are three simple things you can do to help improve your health and add years to your life.

Hearing Aids:  

As we age, our hearing starts to fade.  This can pose challenges to our work life, relationships, and our physical and mental wellbeing.  A recent study found that people with even a mild hearing loss have double the risk of developing dementia.  For those with moderate hearing loss the risk increases to three times the risk, and up to five times for those with severe hearing loss.  Hearing loss is also linked to depression, falls (resulting in broken bones), and premature death.  Research has found that getting a hearing aid can help correct hearing and reverse some of these effects.


Just 150 minutes per week of moderate to high intensity activity can reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke by 27%, the risk of cancer by 12% and the risk of premature death by 23%.  Even people who only do half the recommended amount of exercise saw substantial benefits.  Exercise will also lower your risk of dementia and improve mental well-being.

Social Connection:  

Many older people suffer from loneliness.  Loneliness often leads to depression, anxiety, and substance abuse and is linked to diabetes, strokes, and early death.  Research has found that social isolation increases the risk of heart disease by 29% and dementia by 50%.  Make sure you stay connected to your friends and make new friends as you age.

With so much of the health care system focusing on pharmaceutical and technological advances, often the simple things are forgotten and yet it is these simple things that can make a very big difference in how we age.