Many older adults feel that aging gracefully is easier said than done. Aging can be tough, but it is possible to do it gracefully. Still, with some knowledge, there are many ways to help you better manage the process of getting old, and keep yourself as healthy as possible.

Did you know that high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes are risk factors for dementia? These risks become more severe due to smoking, lack of exercise and high cholesterol. As we age, it becomes increasingly important to control these disorders in order to maintain good mental health as aging progresses.

Take the time each day to enjoy the simple things in life. It could be a simple flower growing in the garden, or a smile on a child’s face. These things will give you joy and the more joy you have in your life, the more youthful you will feel throughout it.

Join senior groups, church groups local government groups or hobby clubs. Build a family unit, even if your blood relatives are not near you. It’s important to have a network of people around you as you age. Your friends and family can cheer you up during hard times and be your sounding board or first warning signal during bad times. If your family is far away, look to your community.

If you find that you are feeling lonely when you are at home, consider getting a pet. They are wonderful companions and will provide you with company when no one else is around. Be sure that you pick the pet that will work out the best for you. If you do not want to commit to just one pet, consider being a foster home for animals in shelters.

Take the time to be grateful for the things that you have in your life. Each day before you get out of bed, stop and think about at least five things that you are thankful for. This can be your heath, family, friends or any other little thing that you appreciate in life.

As you get older, it’s more important than ever to surround yourself with people that make you happy, lift you up and do not bring you down. This can be accomplished by having a nice family dinner where everyone is involved or sharing good times and good memories with your favorite people.

Consider life a journey of exploration and enjoyment. Give yourself goals, and then even the work it takes to reach those goals will feel satisfying.

Eat more nuts throughout the day. Nuts are a great food to help prevent aging. They have many healthy vitamins, minerals and fats, which will help balance your daily nutrition. Plus, they are an excellent way to stop your processed food cravings between meals, leading you to a much healthier lifestyle!

Do protect your skin against wrinkles and cancer by wearing proper sunblock but don’t over do it to the extent that you deprive yourself of much needed vitamin D! As much harm as too much sun can do, too little of it can also hurt you so find a suitable SPF that will prevent damage without completely prohibiting your intake of highly beneficial sunlight!

Making health a hobby will empower you to take better care of yourself as you age from the inside out! Study your body, all of its organs and how they work in order to learn how to treat them better and nurture them as you age. This will provide you with a ton of preventative care and give you great information to apply to aging for your entire life!

Exercise your brain. Strive to learn something new everyday. Keeping the brain active also keeps it healthy, sharp and alert. It sounds crazy, but if you stop working this precious organ, you may just forget how to use it. If you’re not sure how to keep it active, buy a book of brainteasers and solve them all.

Want to live a long life and enjoy the aging process? To live longer, stay positive. Studies have demonstrated that those who have a positive attitude also tend to have a longer and healthier life. Look for the humor in life. Laughter can lower that high blood pressure and help drain the stress right out of your body. Numerous studies have shown the positive powers of laughter and how it makes you feel better.

Each night, sleep a minimum of 7 to 9 hours. Insufficient sleep can lead to diseases from depression to heart disease, and has been linked to cancer. Exercise helps. Some doctors recommend melatonin (a hormone produced in humans by the pineal gland) or L-theanine, an amino acid found in tea. See an age management physician for healthy sleeping advice.

Remember that aging well is not a matter of luck or good genetics. And it usually takes some hard work. Maintaining your health can be difficult, and it sometimes does not get any simpler as you age. The tips you have just read will help you make the best choices to achieve graceful aging.