Great Tips. I'm currently trying to lose a few pounds and a couple of things I'm doing is cutting back on surgar and salt. (I'm not cutting it out completely but I am reducing my intake of the two.) Also try reducing the portions you are served. America is famous for super sizing everything. When I go out to eat, I just eat half of the entree and take the rest home. (Basically do what makes sense.)
I personally think one of the best investments you can make is purchasing long term health care. It will not only make things easier for the individual but also for the family as well. If you have to stay in a nursing home this will help tremendously.