With an ageing population here in the UK, now is a better time than ever to find the best ways to enjoy the later years of your life.

Below are eight great ways on how to age successfully!

Keeping active

Being significantly overweight has direct links to a variety of diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. It also has a major impact on life expectancy! Therefore keeping active is crucial and as little as 30 minutes a day of aerobic exercise can make a huge difference.

Challenge your mind

In a number of cases it really is as simple as ‘use it or lose it’. A great deal of mental and intellectual capacity lost with age can be due to lack of use. Improving and expanding your knowledge can come at any moment in your life and simply completing a word game or engaging in stimulating conversation every day is enough.

The need to be needed

Pets, plant or people – it doesn’t matter. As long as you have the sort of relationships that keep us engaged in life, that’s all that matters. A great way to feel a sense of belonging is to get involved in the local community.

Children

As much as it’s nice to get some peace and quiet and indulge in the tranquillity of solitude, it is also equally as nice to see children grow and develop. For those not blessed with having grandchildren then you could volunteer for storytelling at libraries or schools.

Diet

This is something you should monitor at every stage in your life but particularly as you get older. This is because many older people go long periods of time without food, and in turn leads to low glucose levels which are a cause for dementia. Remember to eat regularly and well.

Financial planning

Although money isn’t necessarily the key to happiness, planning for your financial well being is important to give you that peace-of-mind. Having the money to meet your material needs are important but also for unexpected costs for the house, car or daytrips out.

Be pre-emptive

No one wants to think about our risk to certain diseases or conditions but it is imperative for successful ageing. By identifying potential risks and working with professionals, you’re able to limit these threats to minimum.  Ensure that you go for regular health checkups and screening.

Laugh

If you observe most people who live to over 100 years old, there is one common denominator. And that is their sense of humour and optimism. Humour is great not only for yourself but others around you too! It has direct links with stimulating the immune system and the ability to bear discomfort and loss.