Keys to Embracing Aging: Safety & Know Your Health Numbers

Safety & Know Your Health Numbers | Keys to Embracing Aging Series

The next installment of this series will be held on Thursday, December 8, from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Gwen Wynn Senior Center in Benton. Each session will explore two topics in the Keys to Embracing Aging senior wellness series. The December session will share information on safety and the importance of knowing your health numbers.

Practicing safety is important because it helps keep you out of harm’s way. From locking doors to learning how to swim, it is important to be safe in the various realms of life including home, transportation, health, recreation and emergency preparedness.

Certain health numbers can save and extend your life. These numbers are associated with cholesterol, blood pressure, triglycerides, blood sugar, or body mass index (BMI). A lifestyle including regular visits to a health care provider, proper nutrition and physical activity promotes these numbers and contribute to healthy aging throughout the lifespan.

Call (618) 439-3181 to register for this free program. Registration is not required, but encouraged. 

University of Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in programming, contact Robin Ridgley at rridgley@illinois.edu. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your needs.

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What you do today will affect your future. Nowhere is this as true as it is in issues regarding aging. How you care for yourself through the years, physically and mentally, will impact the natural aging process. Join Family Life Educator Robin Ridgley as she shares how aging can be positive, joyful, and exciting through a senior wellness series: Keys to Embracing Aging. Each session will cover two topics, and all programs will be held at the Gwen Wynn Senior Center in Benton.

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