Growing old, staying healthy

By Steve Miller
By Matt Hicks

September 12, 2013 Updated Sep 13, 2013 at 1:10 AM EDT

Owego, NY (WBNG Binghamton) What's the secret to aging gracefully?

One expert says a big part is staying active in both mind and body.

Dr. Sharon Brangman, chief of geriatrics with Upstate Medical Center, spoke on the issue Thursday evening at the Treadway Inn.

She said with a growing elderly population, addressing these issues is more important than ever.

"Aging issues are very critical in our country right now. We have baby boomers who are turning 65 at a rate of about 10,000 per day, and the fastest growing segment of our population are people who are 85 and older," said Brangman.

She said one of the biggest concerns of this population is memory loss, which can be treated if the right steps are taken.

"They should know that the earlier you get evaluated the better because there are ways we can help people stabilize and kind of map out a plan for the future," said Brangman.

She said people should maintain regular checkups with their doctor. She also advises walking for at least 30 minutes every day, exercising with light weights and a eating diet rich with vegetables.

Brangman's presentation was organized by The Hearth at Castle Gardens.