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5900 Heckert Rd.
P.O. Box 324
Bakerstown, PA 15007
724-443-6767 Phone
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Natrona Heights, PA 15065
724-226-0444 Phone
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Embracing Healthy Aging – Tips for a Vibrant Life

September is Healthy Aging Month, a time to celebrate the wisdom and experience that come with getting older while also focusing on maintaining good health and vitality. Aging is a natural part of life, and with the right approach, you can age gracefully and enjoy a high quality of life well into your golden years.

From the Greatest Generation (those now over 93), the Silent Generation (those between 75 and 92), and Baby Boomers (56 to 74) to Gen-Xers (40 to 55), individuals are determined to remain active by setting healthy goals.

As part of those goals, we want to point out some advantages of annual exams and health visits. When it comes to your vision many diseases can be slowed down, stopped, or even reversed if caught early. Having an annual comprehensive eye exam that includes dilation helps to give a baseline for the doctors at Bissell Eye Care to be able to notice changes in your eyes.

The Importance of Regular Eye Exams

Eye health is often overlooked in discussions about healthy aging, but it’s a vital aspect of overall well-being. Regular eye exams can uncover underlying issues and help preserve your vision. Some benefits of regular eye exams include:

  • Detection of eye diseases: Conditions like glaucoma, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy often show no early symptoms but can be detected through eye exams.
  • Correcting vision problems: Regular exams help identify and address common vision issues like nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism with prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses.
  • Monitoring overall health: The eyes can provide insights into your overall health. Changes in the eyes’ blood vessels can indicate conditions such as diabetes or hypertension.

Stay Active and Exercise Regularly

Physical activity is a cornerstone of healthy aging. Regular exercise offers a myriad of benefits, including improved cardiovascular health, muscle strength, flexibility, and mental well-being. Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic exercise per week, as recommended by health experts.

Consider activities like brisk walking, swimming, yoga, or strength training to maintain muscle mass and bone density. Exercise not only helps you stay physically fit but also boosts mood and cognitive function, reducing the risk of age-related mental decline.

Maintain a Balanced Diet

Eating a well-balanced diet is another key to healthy aging. Your body needs essential nutrients to function optimally and fight off age-related diseases. Incorporate the following elements into your diet:

  • Fruits and vegetables: Aim for a colorful array of fruits and vegetables, which provide essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
  • Whole grains: Choose whole grains over refined grains for sustained energy and better digestion.
  • Lean proteins: Include lean sources of protein like fish, poultry, beans, and legumes to support muscle health.
  • Healthy fats: Opt for sources of healthy fats such as nuts, seeds, avocados, and olive oil to support heart and brain health.
  • Hydration: Stay well-hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day.

Regular Health Checkups

Routine health checkups are crucial for detecting and addressing potential health issues early on. Schedule regular visits to your healthcare provider to monitor your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and overall health. These visits also provide an opportunity to discuss any concerns or changes in your health. Vaccines such as the flu and shingles, can help prevent serious illnesses that become more common as we age.

Healthy aging is about living a fulfilling and vibrant life as you grow older. By incorporating regular exercise, maintaining a balanced diet, scheduling routine health checkups, and prioritizing regular eye exams, you can take proactive steps to ensure your well-being as you age. Schedule your annual eye exam by calling 724-443-6767 or 724-226-0444.

Remember that it’s never too late to start making healthier choices and embracing the joys of growing older with grace and vitality. Celebrate Healthy Aging Month by committing to a healthier future today.

About Bissell Eye Care: John D. Bissell, OD owns and operates Bissell Eye Care servicing Northern Pittsburgh and Alle-Kiski Valley regions. With two locations to treat patients, we offer evening and Saturday appointments. Bissell Eye Care provides comprehensive eye examinations for the entire family beginning as early as 6 months, ocular disease detection and treatment, eyeglasses, sunglasses, activewear, contact lenses, and low vision examinations for those with significant vision loss. We accept most types of vision and health insurance plans. For more information, visit or call our Bakerstown Office at 724-443-6767 or Natrona Heights office at 724-226-0444.