Are you ready to play good news bad news? The good news is that you have control over how healthy you are after 65. The bad news is that you have to work for it. Diet and exercise continue to be the main factor in how well you keep away the signs of aging. “How you live after age 65 is vitally important,” says Laura Carstensen, director of the Stanford Center on Longevity. “Up until then, a healthy life is dominated by your genes. After that, it’s predominantly about lifestyle. Exercise and nutrition become more important.”
Luckily, the tools to fight aging are like children’s toys: sneakers and board games top the list. Even if you have chronic conditions, light exercise such as walking is highly recommended.