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31 Healthy Aging Writing Prompts for Seniors

Healthy Aging Writing Prompts for Seniors (and All Adults)— September is Healthy Aging Month and it’s the perfect time for adults to take some time to reflect on all aspects of their health.  We should recognize and applaud ourselves for the things we’re doing well—and also figure out where we still have room for improvement.

Healthy Aging Writing Prompts for Adults

Healthy Aging Month is all about becoming aware of your health and setting yourself up to age successfully.  To that end, these writing prompts will guide you in evaluating various aspects of your health and setting goals for the future.

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You’ll consider topics ranging from the food rules you lived with as a child to your best self-care habits—as well as what you could do to integrate more activity into your lifestyle. 


As you write, try to be completely honest with yourself.  Having a clear picture of where you stand is essential to setting reasonable, realistic goals!

Each of us should focus on healthy aging as we get older… and these writing prompts for seniors (and older adults) make the process accessible and fun!

31 Writing Prompts to Help Adults Prepare for Healthy Aging

Enjoy this listing of writing prompts for seniors, older adults and everyone interested in healthy aging.

  1. List three things you do regularly that are good for your health. Write about how each one helps you.
  2. List three things you could do to improve your health. Write about the impact each one would have on you.
  3. How could you fit more exercise into your weekly routine?
  4. At what point in your life were you the healthiest? What was unique about that time?
  5. What types of rules about food did your family have when you were growing up? How did those rules affect you?
  6. What is the most challenging part of living a healthy lifestyle for you? Why do you think you struggle with it?
  7. What does “good health” mean to you?
  8. What health concerns do you think you may have when you get older? How can you begin to address them now?
  9. Set three goals for your health and write about how you could achieve each one.
  10. Do you see a doctor regularly? Why or why not?
  11. Do you know what screenings and appointments are recommended for someone your age? Research and schedule them and write about what you learned.
  12. How much water do you drink on an average day? How could you increase this amount?
  13. What is your most unhealthy habit? Why do you engage in it when you know it isn’t good for you?
  14. Are you a “moderator” or an “abstainer”? How does this affect your health?
    September is Healthy Aging Month and it’s the perfect time for adults to take some time to reflect on all aspects of their health.
  15. How frequently do you eat out at restaurants and fast food places? What could you do to eat at home more often?
  16. Do you live a sedentary or active lifestyle? What could you do to be more active?
  17. Have you ever dieted before? Was it successful?  Why or why not?
  18. What is the best thing you do for your health on a regular basis?
  19. How do you feel when you are maintaining good health habits?
  20. Do you believe in cheat days or cheat meals? Why or why not?
  21. What does “self-care” mean to you?
  22. What is your favorite way to practice self-care?
  23. Have you ever experienced mental health struggles before? Describe your experience.
  24. What do you like to do to improve your mood when you’re having a bad day?
  25. Have you ever noticed a connection between your mental health and physical health? Describe your experience.
  26. Have you ever tried meditation? Why or why not?
  27. What things do you do that are good for your mental health?
  28. How do you handle people and situations that negatively impact your mental health?
  29. Do you consider yourself to be a healthy person overall? Why or why not?
  30. What motivates you to live a healthy lifestyle?
  31. What type of support system do you have in place for your healthy lifestyle? Describe it—or brainstorm how you could build one if you don’t already have one.

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Writing for Seniors: A Brief Guide to Journaling

Writing is a great way to express yourself, capture your thoughts and memories, and connect with others. It can also be a fun and rewarding hobby for seniors.

If you’re a senior who is interested in writing, here are a few tips to get you started:

Choose the right tools. You don’t need anything fancy to start writing. A simple notebook and pen will do. However, if you want to make your writing experience more enjoyable, you can invest in a special journal or fountain pen.

Find a quiet place to write. You’ll need a place where you can focus and won’t be interrupted. Your desk, a comfortable chair in your living room, or even a park bench can all be great places to write.

Set aside some time each day to write. Even if it’s just 15 minutes, it’s important to make time for writing on a regular basis. This will help you stay motivated and make progress on your writing goals.

Don’t worry about grammar or spelling. When you’re first starting out, don’t worry about making your writing perfect. Just focus on getting your thoughts down on paper. You can always go back and edit your work later.

Write about what you’re interested in. The best way to keep your writing interesting is to write about things that you’re passionate about. This could be anything from your hobbies to your family to your thoughts on current events.

Don’t be afraid to experiment. There are no rules when it comes to writing. Try different writing styles, formats, and topics to see what you enjoy the most.

Share your writing with others. Once you’ve written something that you’re proud of, share it with others. You can read it aloud to friends or family, or you can even publish it online.

Journaling is a great way to get started with writing. It’s a low-pressure way to explore your thoughts and feelings, and it can be a lot of fun.

9 More Prompts for Older Adults (Bonus!)

Here are a few journal writing prompts to get you started and get you recording journal entries that interest you the most. 

  1. What is your favorite memory?
  2. What is one thing you’re grateful for?
  3. What is one thing you’re looking forward to?
  4. What is one thing you’re struggling with?
  5. What is one piece of advice you would give your younger self?
  6. What one piece of wisdom would you like to share with your grandchildren?
  7. What is your favorite book
  8. Write some poetry in today’s journal entry. 
  9. Write a short story that is an ode to friendship and your legacy.

Writing can be a great way to stay mentally and emotionally healthy as you age. It’s a way to express yourself, connect with others, and preserve your memories. So what are you waiting for? Start writing today!

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