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10 Top tips for Staying Healthy as you Age


Professor Desmond O’Neil

Professor Desmond O’Neil is a Consultant Physician in Geriatric Medicine and Professor in Medical Gerontology at Tallaght Hospital and Trinity College Dublin.


1. Embrace and welcome your own ageing: a negative disposition towards ageing is associated with worse outcomes in health.

2. Strive for social equity: social inequity harms health for all and, in particular, older people.

3. Start early, but it’s never too late: virtually all measures that improve health work at all stages of ageing, such as stopping smoking.

4. Invest in nurturing your marital/partnership relationship: stable, supportive marriage/partnership is associated with better health.

5. Volunteering and social engagement are easiest developed if started earlier in life.

6. Develop patterns of exercise, ideally a brisk 30-minute walk five times a week.

7. Consider activities such as dancing, which combine social engagemen

8. Develop a balanced diet.

9. Get your blood pressure checked in midlife.

10. Start attending your dentist regularly – oral health is associated with better health in later life.