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.
“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.”
- Dental health
“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.”
- Weight management
“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.”
- Stay on top of your health
“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.”
- Love your life
“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.”