WebMD's Dr. Michael Smith begins with a comment from a WebMD reader who says he'd like the panel to address ways for aging Americans to contribute to society and give them a reason to live.
Dr. Smith asks panel what can all of us do to stay healthy for decades to come?
Swimmer Diana Nyad will lead a walk of 1 million people from LA to Washington DC to inspire Americans to walk more to stay healthy.
Iowa City, Iowa Mayor Matt says a key to making his city aging-friendly and welcoming has been by promoting housing and transportation construction projects that enable aging in place as well as promoting a local senior wellness center and funding local nonprofits that support people as they age.
U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy says U.S. Needs to create a culture of prevention. To do so means making it easier for Americans to eat healthier, get more physical activity and focus on emotional well-being. In 2016, the administration will release a "Healthy Aging Action Plan" which will include strategies aimed at the aging population.
U.S. surgeon Vivek Murthy asks "how can we get more Americans to be active?"
He says one strategy he started is shifting staff meetings from sitting meetings to walking or standing meetings.
He advises more people to walk. Take a walk after dinner.
Swimmer Diane Myad invites people to join her walk next year for all of it or just a few days. It is planned to begin April 2016.
YMCA's Kevin Washington urges more Americans to visit their local YMCA to get more physically active.
Iowa City's Hayek: all local communities should be looking at what they can do to encourage aging in place, not only with financial investments but looking at small things like looking at zoning changes for buildings . Or investing in programs that help seniors make small home improvements so that don't have to move to an expensive nursing home.
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