Average life expectancy has been increasing across the world. But more than living longer, it is important, above all, to live with quality of life. Healthy aging is desirable and possible if we adopt a healthy lifestyle that allows us to maintain our health.

Aging is not synonymous with inevitable decline; on the contrary, with proper care and a holistic approach, it can mean physical, mental and emotional well-being.

Body, mind, social life, safety, health. These are all important areas to promote healthy aging. Learn about some strategies:

Feed and exercise your brain: After the age of 55, brain functions may begin to decline, especially with regard to memory. To preserve this organ, it is important to maintain a balanced diet - rich in fruit, vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats - and stimulate it. To do this, read, do puzzles, paint, learn to play a musical instrument, speak a new language, or garden.

Choose a healthy diet: As you age, there is a greater likelihood of weight changes or vitamin deficiencies. To avoid this, have a balanced diet, with protein, healthy fats and a balanced consumption of carbohydrates. Avoid processed foods, rich in salt and fat, which can lead to increased weight, blood sugar and blood pressure.

Practice strength exercises: Around the age of 50, the body begins to lose muscle mass, which can affect physical strength. The best way to combat this is to practice strength exercises, such as lifting weights or doing squats, two to three times a week. By practicing these exercises, you maintain lean muscle mass and improve balance - a very important function as your age.

Adopting an animal: Having a pet, such as a dog or cat, can help lower blood pressure and stress levels. If you choose a dog, there is also the advantage of becoming more active by having to walk it.

Get out of the house: Having an active social life contributes to a greater sense of happiness, to living longer and reducing the likelihood of suffering from some diseases, such as dementia. Therefore, do not isolate yourself at home. Play cards with friends, go on group trips, join activity clubs, attend a senior college or exercise in a group.

Get involved in projects within the community: Volunteering can help you feel even more useful, influencing your happiness and well-being, preventing depression or memory loss. Volunteer to help at a hospital, school, library or animal shelter.

Have a new job: Going back to work after retirement allows you to preserve your memory and keep your intellectual capacity in shape. Not only because it stimulates the brain, but also because it allows you to have contact with other people, something essential for healthy aging. If possible, continue doing what you did before retiring, but on a shorter schedule. Explore the possibility of a new profession.