Live Well - An introduction to ageing well

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If you have started thinking about how to make small but sustainable changes to make you healthier, feel better and to stay well for longer, congratulations! Keep reading to understand your goals and why they are important.

Your health worker will help you to make small changes in your lifestyle to build up a healthier lifestyle over time.

Every journey starts with a small step.

Make wellbeing your destination

Your behaviour, outlook, and lifestyle help determine how healthy you are. Healthier habits can take time to develop. Small changes sustained for a long time tend to matter more than big changes that are only done for a short time.

Actions in the following six key areas have been shown to make a positive difference to feeling and staying well. Click on each action for more information and tips.

live well iconsphy59  Staying physically active

live well iconseat59  Eating healthy food

live well connected59  Staying connected to others

live well iconsbrain59  Keeping your brain active

live well iconsrelax59  Being able to relax your mind

live well iconsoptimism59  Positive thinking and optimism

Watch this short video on why investing in your health is important:


Goal templates

Download and print these templates to set your goals and record your goal successes.

Live Well Goal Template [PDF | 1 page | 408kb]

Live Well Routine Diary [PDF | 1 page | 408kb]


General health tips for older Australians

In addition to the six key areas listed above, there are other simple changes you can make to stay healthy in your later years:
Make sure you get your health checked regularly by your doctor or nurse:

  • Keep track of and control your cholesterol, blood sugar, body weight and blood pressure. 
  • Look after your skin and check to see if there are any changes like lumps or growths and get them checked. 
  • Make sure you see a dentist regularly as poor dental health can harm your general health. 

Take any medication as prescribed by your doctor

Stop or cut down on your smoking

Get enough sleep: aim for more than 4 hours and less than 8 hours. 

Drink enough water: about 8 glasses of water a day is good and helps you feel full, so you don’t snack as often. 

Look after your head: try to avoid bumps or injuries to your head. Check your home for trip hazards. 

grandparent playing chess with grandchildHow can I change?

You don’t have to do a lot, or do everything at once to improve your health Start with small changes and keep doing them. Then do some more. If you can think through your planned change then it is more likely to work. Consider:

What change can I make?

What changes will I be doing? E.g. exercising more, reading more, eating healthier.

Is the change realistic for me?

Is this action do-able given my health and circumstances?

How will I measure my change?

How will I measure this activity? E.g. number of times or the time I spend doing it.

When and how often will I do them?

When and how often will I do this? E.g. every Monday and Wednesday, once a day in the morning.

Where can I do them ?

Where is it possible to do these activities? e.g. at home, in the park, at a local centre.


Live Well has been developed with the generous support of South Western Sydney Primary Health Network.

Text endorsed by the South Western Sydney Consumer, Carer and Community Council.

Live Well would like to acknowledge the Fountain of Health Association for Optimal Aging Canada for inspiring this project.

Information provided by Live Well  is general advice only. 
South Western Sydney Local Health District does not provide any representation or warranty as to the completeness or accuracy of information provided by the Live Well project. None of the information provided to you by us, purports to offer any health or other professional advice. We cannot and do not make any guarantees about your ability to obtain results from the advice given. Results will vary depending on your own individual circumstances and health. Individuals should therefore consider seeking individual advice from a relevant health practitioner before making any changes to their lifestyle.