160219-N-MD297-055 PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 17, 2016) - Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Carlos Guajardo, right, and Engineman 3rd Class Derrell Johnson motivate each other during a Squid Fit class aboard Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82). Lassen is currently underway in support of Operation Martillo, a joint operation with the U.S. Coast Guard and partner nations within the 4th Fleet area of responsibility. Operation Martillo is being led by Joint Interagency Task Force South, in support of U.S. Southern Command. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Huey D. Younger Jr./Released)

Top Tips for Healthy Aging from Navy Medicine’s “Most Seasoned” Sailor

Nothing is more important than the health and well-being of our Sailors, Marines and their families. That’s why we encourage everyone to partner in their health and live a healthy lifestyle while providing the programs and resources to help them reach their goals. Healthy aging month is no different. Healthy aging starts with making healthy decisions now.

As part of our efforts to partner with Sailors and Marines during healthy aging month, we sat down with Dental Corps reserve affairs officer, Capt. Kerry Krause. Having reached the maximum age limit allowed by law to serve in the Navy, Capt. Krause is Navy Medicine’s “most seasoned” Sailor and proud of it.

With September being healthy aging month, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to ask him to provide a few tips about healthy aging.

  1. Fitness

160219-N-MD297-055 PACIFIC OCEAN (Feb. 17, 2016) - Culinary Specialist 3rd Class Carlos Guajardo, right, and Engineman 3rd Class Derrell Johnson motivate each other during a Squid Fit class aboard Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen (DDG 82). Lassen is currently underway in support of Operation Martillo, a joint operation with the U.S. Coast Guard and partner nations within the 4th Fleet area of responsibility. Operation Martillo is being led by Joint Interagency Task Force South, in support of U.S. Southern Command. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Huey D. Younger Jr./Released)

“Fitness was always important to me. I want to be able to lead a healthy life and I want to live a long life. I’ve been around a while and I want to be around longer. Maintaining my fitness allows me to make sure I can do that. It also allows me to hike, bike, play golf (well, kind of play golf) and really enjoy my life. Fitness means a lot, physically and mentally. I can’t emphasize it enough; it really is important.”

  1. Dental health

150702-M-GO800-023 KOLONIA, Pohnpei (July 2, 2015) – Army Capt. Andy Vu teaches local children how to brush their teeth during a medical outreach event at Nanpei Memorial High School July 2. The event was designed to provide medical, dental and optometry care and was spearheaded by medics aboard the Military Sealift Command joint high speed vessel USNS Millinocket (JHSV 3). Millinocket is serving as the secondary platform for Pacific Partnership, led by an expeditionary command element from the Navy’s 30th Naval Construction Regiment (30 NCR) from Port Hueneme, Calif. Now in its 10th iteration, Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Asia Pacific Region. While training for crisis conditions, Pacific Partnership, missions have provided medical care to approximately 270,000 patients and veterinary service to more than 38,000 animals. Additionally, Pacific Partnership has provided critical infrastructure development to host nations through the completion of more than 180 engineering products. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by combat correspondent Sgt. James Gulliver/Released)

“I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention dental health. Dental health care is extremely important. You’ve got to develop good habits because if you don’t develop good habits you’re not going to practice good habits. For me, it’s brushing, flossing, and going to the gym; that’s what I do every morning. It makes things easy – I’ve got to make things easy because I’m getting older.”

  1. Weight management
Photo by Sgt. Edward Garibay
Photo by Sgt. Edward Garibay

“I see a bunch of people my age who struggle with weight. They carry a lot of weight, which in turn makes it so they can’t walk, can’t exercise, and can’t enjoy the things they used to.It’s too easy to eat poorly, but it’s also pretty easy to eat healthy if you make it a priority. When I was in private practice, I lived a sedentary lifestyle and I had to make the choice to put in the effort. I always try to eat well, but I like to eat a lot. That’s why I go to the gym. You need to find what works for you, but managing your weight early will help you maintain your health as you age.”

  1. Stay on top of your health

150928-N-KK394-066 ATLANTIC OCEAN (Sept. 28, 2015) - Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Savanna Rowe administers a flu vaccination to Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Nayeli Arreola in the medical bay of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Dwight D. Eisenhower is underway completing carrier qualifications. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Anderson W. Branch/Released)

“You have to stay on top of your health. Do all of the preventive “stuff” to maintain your health. You may end up with a lot of doctor’s appointments, but it’s something you have to do to make sure you know of any potential problems before they arise. Getting your flu shots and other preventive measures help you stay healthy as you get older. You need to make your health a priority and make sure you know what you need to do to ensure you stay healthy.”

  1. Love your life

160702-N-BB534-1084 DARAGA, Philippines (July 2, 2016) Chief Hospital Corpsman Larry Deleon high fives a child at Anislag Elementary School during Pacific Partnership 2016. Deleon was at the school as part of a cooperative health engagement where Pacific Partnership personnel attached to hospital ship USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) and members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines spent the day sharing information about health care, hygiene and nutrition. Participants also provided direct care services including optometry, dental care, physical therapy and veterinary care. Pacific Partnership is visiting the Philippines for the seventh time since its first visit in 2006. Partner nations are working side-by-side with local military and non-government organizations to conduct cooperative health engagements, community relation events and subject matter expert exchanges to better prepare for a natural disaster or crisis. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Elizabeth Merriam/Released)

“Stress can kill you. There’s no stress you can’t handle, you just do what you’ve got to do. You need to have a life you want to live. One of the reasons I stay young at heart is I love what I do. It also helps that I’m working with a bunch of young people who keep me on my toes. I really do feel it’s important to make sure you minimize stress and take the time to enjoy your life as you age. Work life balance – make it a priority.”