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Keys to embracing aging
Monique Koerner
Monique Koerner

We all age. We can’t avoid the inevitable. Aging is individualized and affects everyone differently. People are living longer today than ever before but how can we age well and maintain as much quality of life as we can? Did you know there has been research done to help us understand what makes aging better? Keys to Embracing Aging is an evidenced based K-State Research and Extension program to help people better understand aging and help people understand important lifestyle choices to help us age.  

Keys to Embracing Aging introduces 12 healthy behavior practices that encourage optimal aging throughout the life span. The 12 keys of optimal aging include: 1. Positive Attitude; 2. Eating Smart and Healthy; 3. Physical Activity; 4. Brain Activity; 5. Social Activity; 6. Tuning-in to the times; 7. Safety; 8. Know Your Health Numbers; 9. Stress Management; 10. Financial Affairs; 11. Sleep; 12. Taking Time for You.

Aging brings on many changes as a person develops throughout the lifespan. The way in which you take care of yourself through the years both physically and mentally will impact the way in which you age. Many of our lifestyle behaviors and choices are integrated, thus there is a strong association between healthy lifestyles, prevention and longevity. 

Keys to Embracing Aging is information that can be shared with a wide variety of audiences of any age. This program can be adapted and made fun for people of all ages and professions. For adolescents and young adults, this is a powerful lesson that can reinforce healthy behaviors and lifestyles over time to live longer and healthier lives. Middle aged adults may resonate with the information because they are today’s primary caregivers to aging parents. Middle aged adults are also facing increasing changes and challenges associated with their own aging process. Older adults will benefit because it is never too late to adapt healthy lifestyle behaviors. Groups of different generations may provide for some powerful discussion.

Please let me know if you would be interested in having a presentation on any or all of the twelve topics listed above. They can be delivered all together or we can do one or two topics at a time. If individuals are interested we have fact sheets or I am available to visit. If you are interested in more information please contact me.  

Monique Koerner is the Family and Community Wellness Agent with K-State Research and Extension – Cottonwood District. You may reach her at: 785-628-9430 or