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Older Adults

Our priorities and needs change as we age. HPSM wants you to have all the tools you need to  be healthy. If you have a serious medical condition or need, talk with your doctor. Only you and your doctor can determine the best course of medical treatment that meets your needs.

Health and Fitness

There's a lot you can do to stay fit and healthy. You don't have to join an expensive gym. You can join an exercise group. Or you can have exercise be a part of your daily routine. Talk to your doctor about your health goals. Your doctor can help you make a plan to reach your health goals. Follow these tips for improving your health and fitness level:

  1. Get a checkup. Talk to your doctor before starting a new exercise routine or changing your level of physical activity. Your doctor can give you tips that are right for yo
  2. Eat a healthy diet. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Follow your doctor’s advice on the foods that are right for you. Your goal should be at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily.
  3. Exercise: Pace yourself, take it one step at a time, and slowly make your routine more challenging.
  4. Stick to it! If you're going to join a group activity, make sure it’s at a time and place that is convenient for you
  5. Invite a friend. When you share your health and fitness goals with a friend or family member, you can help each other stay on track.
  6. Keep moving. If you can't do your regular activity, you can do these things instead: take the stairs instead of an elevator; stretch or flex your arms and legs when sitting; if you’re watching TV, march in place during commercials.

Advance Care Planning

A medical crisis could leave you too sick to make your own healthcare decisions. Advance care planning involves learning about the types of decisions that may need to be made during a medical crisis. It also involves letting others know your wishes. Planning now can ensure that your wishes are honored during a medical crisis.


POLST stands for Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment. It is a set of physician orders you want your doctor to follow when you can no longer speak for yourself. You fill this out with your doctor to ensure your medical wishes are met. After discussion with your doctor, you can state what level of care you want, from full support to do not resuscitate (no CPR).

Advance Directive

An Advance Directive is a list of healthcare decisions you make for yourself while you are in good health. This list of healthcare decisions can be followed in the event that you are no longer able to make decisions for yourself due to illness or a health condition. You can also appoint a person to make such decisions on your behalf and state whether you want to receive CPR if your heart stops beating or you stop breathing.

Make sure your wishes are respected and honored. Talk with your loved ones about the end of life care you want when the time comes.