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No matter what your age, you have the power to change many of the variables that influence how long you live, and how active and vital you feel in your later years. Actions you can take to increase your odds of a longer and more satisfying life span are really quite simple:

  1. Don’t smoke.

  2. Enjoy physical and mental activities every day.

  3. Eat a healthy diet rich in whole grains, vegetables and fruits, and substitute healthier monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats for unhealthy saturated fats and trans fats.

  4. Take a daily multivitamin, and be sure to get enough calcium and vitamin D.

  5. Maintain a healthy weight and body shape.

  6. Challenge your mind. Keep learning and trying new activities.

  7. Build a strong social network.

  8. Follow preventive care and screening guidelines.

  9. Floss, brush and see a dentist regularly.

  10. Ask your doctor if medication can help you control the potential long-term side effects of chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, osteoporosis, or high cholesterol.

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