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woman walking with a caneChronic diseases can make it difficult to carry on with daily activities and relationships. Most older people have one or more physical or mental health problems that affects their quality of life. The good news is that taking an active role in managing one's own health can slow the progression of many chronic diseases. Individuals can maintain their independence and stay healthy as long as possible through prevention, early detection, and management of chronic conditions - even serious conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, depression, and other disorders.

The foundation of disease risk management is having regular checkups, following recommendations from your health care providers, taking medications as directed, staying physically activity, eating healthy, avoiding tobacco, reducing stress, and staying positive with the help of family and friends. Many more suggestions for preventing, detecting, and managing chronic diseases can be found throughout the Live Well Age Well website.



Source: Mary Ann Johnson, PhD, Professor and Faculty of Gerontology, The University of Georgia, Dept. Foods and Nutrition.









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