“Aging gracefully” is one of those phrases that sounds terrific until you actually try it. It can be tough getting old and there is no way you can escape it. However, it is possible to maintain your health and reduce the inevitable effects of aging.

Having close relationships as you age is important. Being an active community member has been shown to extend a person’s lifespan and keep them healthier. Focus on relationships with people you can confide in to get the most of your social life.

Take resveratrol. There have been promising studies about the youthful benefits of eating a well balanced and low calorie diet. Resveratrol can be found in nuts and grapes and can also have an anti aging effect. Resveratrol is found naturally Japanese knotweed roots. Another source is the root of the Senna quinquangulata plant, a shrub found in South America.

Encourage your mind to stay active through learning. Old age is often intermingled with intelligence; you should enhance your intelligence as much as you are able to. Many colleges offer reduced tuition to seniors, but challenging your mind can also be as simple as doing the daily crossword.

Learning new things is one of the keys to be healthy in your aging process. It is important to always learn through life.

Aging sometimes means we have to look at the option of some form of assisted living. We get to a point when we can no longer care for ourselves. You may have to choose to live in a nursing home, or to stay on your own. Assisted living or nursing home living may not be your ideal situation, but it may be the best possible option. There are professionals who work at the facility who are licensed and able to give you any assistance that you may need.

Friends give you the sustenance, love and positive energy that make life wonderful. You are never too old to make more friends. So get yourself going and out among other people and gain new friendships so you can have a longer and better life.

With increased age, you tend to view your home as your very own sanctuary. Make your space your own; it will make it more comforting to come home to after a bad day. It will always be there to comfort you after a challenging day.

Keep your eyes healthy, especially as you get on in years. It is natural to experience decreased visual acuity as you age, but by seeing an eye doctor on a regular basis, you can prevent any serious problems.

Don’t hang around with friends who are always in a bad mood. The more you laugh and smile, the younger you will both look and feel. Choose to spend time with people who make you happy, smile and laugh, and not those who are so negative.

Keep in mind that you don’t have to have good genes or good luck to age well. It is not always easy to do. It isn’t easy to stay healthy as you age, but it can be done with some effort. Follow these tips and you should be able to adopt better habits and keep yourself motivated.