[fusion_text]The 2015 White House Conference on Aging is set to take place next Monday, July 13.  The conference is organized around four topics: Healthy Aging, Long Term Services and Supports, Elder Justice, and Retirement Security.  It’s a great opportunity to learn more about the landscape ahead for baby boomers and their elders.  There are lots of ways to get involved, from watching a live stream to sharing your story online.  To learn more and to find out how you can participate, go to: White House Conference on Aging.   In the meantime, here are seven tips for aging well now and beyond the conference:

1. Stay Curious

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My 86-year old mother threw this one at me while we were listening to a hockey game on the radio.  I explained that a face-off was like a tip-off (she knew that term), only with a hockey puck dropped on the ice instead of a basketball tossed in the air, and that a shout-out was an impromptu public greeting, like Alex Ovechkin saying, “I want to give a shout-out to all the DC hockey fans” during a TV interview.  I marvel at my mother’s ever-curious, active mind. It keeps both of us youthful.  Here’s how you can keep your mind sharp: Keep Your Mind Sharp

2. Stay Connected

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It’s no secret that when it comes to longevity connection and community play a big role.  The health benefits of maintaining social ties are wonderfully illustrated in this article by National Geographic fellow Dan Buettner:  It Takes A Village

3. Stay Funny

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Laughter helps release stress and is good for your overall health.  Check out the health benefits here: Health Benefits of Laughter

4. Stack Your Stomach With Fruits and Vegetables

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This study first published in the British Journal of Health Psychology showed the consumption of fruits and vegetables correlated with good health and well-being. British Journal of Health Study

5. Stay Active

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Easier said than done, right? But the health benefits of exercise are well established. And this Stanford University study found that walking stimulates creativity: Study: Walking Stimulates Creativity. Walk, run, ride a bike, or simply do a dance. If you need help getting started, go to: Need Help Getting Started?

6. Stay Sober

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Open a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand and I’ll gladly help you polish it off. But when I stop drinking for a day or two, I notice I’m more alert and productive. Duh. Here’s why we should all curb our alcohol intake as we age: Study: Senior Health

7. State Your Age

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Fifty isn’t the new thirty, and eighty isn’t the new sixty. Fifty is fifty and eighty is eighty. America may be obsessed with youth, but in many other cultures older people are revered and relied on for advice. This Amazonian tribe marks the passage of time not by age but events; they don’t even have a calendar: Amazonian Tribe Has No Calendar.

Never mention your age during a job interview—if you’ve got the skills it’s irrelevant—but otherwise, don’t hold back. Live fearlessly. Own your age. The essence of who you are is timeless.

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