All About Healthy Aging Month

Posted by Bria Patterson on September 8, 2023

Defining Healthy Aging Month 

In a society that is increasingly embracing the idea that age is not a barrier to a vibrant life, September serves as an important month for Seniors looking to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It’s considered Healthy Aging Month.  

According to Community Health of Central Washington, Healthy Aging Month was first founded by Carolyn Worthington in the early 90s. Worthington says she created the campaign because it was a time that the generation often referred to as “baby boomers” first started turning 50. Worthington says she felt September was a good month for the campaign because it’s a time when many feel they can get started on their “after summer goals”. She states when “September is Healthy Aging Month” was first created, not many people wanted to talk about growing older.


Healthy Aging Month (2015-Present)

In 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) claimed “Healthy Aging” as the focus of its work for aging until 2030. And in 2021,  The U.S. Senate unanimously passed the resolution, officially marking September as National Healthy Aging Month. WHO defines Healthy Aging as “the process of developing and maintaining the functional ability that enables wellbeing in older age.” WHO states functional ability consists of having the capabilities that enable all people to be and do what they have reason to value. 

This includes:

  • Meeting  their basic needs;
  • Learning, growing and making decisions;
  • Remaining mobile
  • Building and maintaining relationships; and contributing to society.


How to Celebrate Healthy Aging Month

Healthy Aging Month also brings a reminder that as we age, our minds and bodies change. You can celebrate the month by reflecting and ensuring you’re taking a proactive approach to aging. Some of those approaches include:

  • Eat and Drink Healthy
  • According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, a  healthy eating plan includes foods that are low in cholesterol, fat, and artificial ingredients. You should also drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. 
  • Get the Right Amount of Exercise
  • DHS states staying active can help prevent, delay, and manage chronic diseases. It can also reduce the risk of falling by improving balance and brain health. Moderate physical activity, like walking 22 minutes a day, is a great way to exercise. 
  • Get Regular Checkups
  • Regular health screenings are an important component for healthy aging. It helps doctors catch chronic diseases early. DHS shows it can also help patients reduce risk factors for disease, such as high blood pressure and cholesterol levels. 


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