It’s never too late to start leading a healthier lifestyle. Even well into their 60s and 70s, adults can take action to reduce their risk of developing chronic disease.
“I think the old myth was somehow after age 60, 65 there’s just nothing you can do anymore,” said Margaret Moore, a public health advisor for the CDC’s Healthy Aging Program. But really, “there are lots of things you can do to improve your function [and] your health well into older age.
“There’s certainly going to be some changes that occur with getting older,” Moore said, “but it doesn’t have to mean disability, it doesn’t have to mean disease.”