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Keeping it Together: The Guide to Aging Gracefully

As you get older, it's even more important to actively work to stay healthy and young—both physically and at heart. Here, my personal insight into aging gracefully.

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Your Health

Use your resources, if you have them. There are millions of Americans who have health insurance but never go visit their doctors. We doctors are not so bad and we can and will keep your body fine-tuned. Routine check ups are essential from your internal medicine doctor, your cardiologist, your dermatologist, your opthamologist and your ob-gyn, among others. And for Pete’s sake (and your own sake), if you smoke: QUIT! I recommend acupuncture, hypnosis, the nicotine patch and Chantrix or Wellbutrin to help stop smoking. Exercise at least four days a week with weights and cardio for at least 45 minutes. Like Nike says, “Just do it." Exercise boosts your circulation, your mood and your agility. It helps control your blood pressure and your weight.

MORE: How Hypnosis Can Help You Quit Smoking

Your Spirit

We ignore this aspect of ourselves, as it is difficult to quantify. This is a challenge, and an area many feel a void in. Read books, speak to trusted friends, meditate, pray and check out different religious venues. Always remember that faith and religion can be areas that can enhance your energy and your life force. Also remember to be careful so you are not taken advantage of by false prophets and bad people. Your life path should offer meaning, purpose and peace. Everyone deserves to find these things. The bottom line is that you need to make yourself a priority. Volunteer for the charity of your choice. Charitable giving enhances your life and the lives of others. Give back.

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