Larry Minnix, an Advocate for Aging Services and the former President and CEO of LeadingAge, delivered remarks on the Secrets of Aging Well at the second annual Living Well Luncheon held on February 18, 2016.

Click here to listen to Minnix’ remarks. Here are the 10 tips he offered to an audience of more than 250 people:

  1. You can’t control your genetics: Look at the hand you’re dealt and do your best to deal with it.
  2. Lifestyle: Not only diet and exercise, but prayer, meditation, do new things in the community, and focus on your strengths instead of your weaknesses.
  3. Successful living: Don’t become a collection of your own diseases. Keep it positive.
  4. Stay in charge, and be in charge of who’s in charge when you can’t be in charge. Be clear about who makes the decisions when you can’t be in charge.
  5. Good planning: Plan financially, and ensure decision makers such as your doctor and lawyer know your wishes.
  6. Communicate with your family, and with extended family and friends.
  7. Meaningful relationships: We all have the need for important and intimate relationships at every stage of life.
  8. Laughing and crying: Laughter is cleansing. We have to find humor in aging.
  9. Faith: People who stay involved with their faith, whether it be a church, synagogue, etc., tend to cope better with aging.
  10. Learn to say goodbye: Make sure the last thing you say is “I love you,” and don’t hold onto regrets. Forgive.

The Living Well Luncheon is hosted by the A.G. Rhodes Board of Advisors, which is dedicated to providing a high-quality standard of care for Atlanta-area seniors.

This year’s luncheon honored the late Rhodes and Margaret Perdue. Watch a tribute video that highlights the Perdues’ contributions to A.G. Rhodes, and in the community.

Proceeds from the luncheon will support the Margaret Boyd Perdue Fund, which is used to improve the well-being of the patients and residents at the A.G. Rhodes Homes.

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