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September is Healthy Aging Month


More than 20 years ago, September was named national Healthy Aging Month, a time set aside to focus attention on the positive aspects of growing older while encouraging people to live their healthiest lifestyles. It’s so important to take personal responsibility for our health from every angle be it physical, mental, emotional, or even financial. It’s never too late to start taking health seriously and making changes to our daily routines that lead to better wellness overall.

Our society often casts a negative light on the process of aging, but we believe aging is a beautiful thing that can be done with grace, verve, and passion. Every day of life is a gift, and an opportunity to live well, find small joys, enjoy relationships and hobbies, and make healthy choices that lead to a longer life with wellness at its center. We all know eating well, being active, and staying on top of well checks with your Galen providers are critical components of wellness; however, there is so much more to good health than a healthy body.

During the month of September, we want to encourage our patients to find ways to enjoy life and make the most of their days. Maybe you always wanted to take a dance class? Perhaps you can find a digital one online to try. How about taking up a new hobby like baking or yoga? What’s stopping you? Let Healthy Aging Month be your invitation to do all the things you’ve never been able to make a priority before.

In celebration of Healthy Aging Month, here are a few of our favorite quotes about living life fully and the beauty of aging!

“The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes.”

–Frank Lloyd Wright

“In the end, it’s not the years of your life that count. It’s the life in your years.

–Abraham Lincoln

“Wrinkles are merely marks where smiles have been.”

–Mark Twain

“We don’t grow older, we grow riper.”

–Pablo Picasso

“Growing old is mandatory, but growing up is optional.”

–Walt Disney

“Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.”

–Franz Kafka

 “Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be.”

–Robert Browning

 “There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”

–Sophia Loren

“Oh, the worst of all tragedies is not to die young, but to live until I am seventy-five and yet not ever truly to have lived.”

–Martin Luther King Jr.

“Aging is human evolution in its pure form.”

–Jamie Lee Curtis

“Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.”

–Henry Ford

“Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” 

–Betty Friedan