Wednesday, March 27, 2019

A Quick and Easy Guide to Healthy Senior Living


Contributed by Jim Vogel

 

As a senior, your wellness needs are not what they were 20 years ago. You may find that you need to see your doctor more often, or that you have trouble hearing and seeing clearly. These are usually a normal part of aging, and you are not necessarily bound to effects of change. There are things you can do in all aspects of your wellbeing that make life easier.

 

Safety

 

When you plan to remain in your own home, you may need to make a few modifications that increase your safety, efficiency, and comfort. Fortunately, technology has made this possible, and with a minimal investment, you can add smart home features that enhance your lifestyle. Security technology, such as smart doorbells that offer visual cues when someone is at the front door, is an excellent addition for seniors with visual impairments. You can also use technology to check on your property when you are not home. HomeAdvisor has written extensively about the benefits of budget-friendly smart home technology and how it can improve your life as a senior.

 

Medical

 

Healthcare costs continue to rise with each passing year. Unless you have a substantial amount of money in your savings account, one significant health event, such as a heart attack or diabetes diagnosis, can impact your finances. Take the time each year to visit your primary doctor for a physical. This can help identify issues well before they become a problem.

 

If you have yet to choose a Medicare plan or if you think you may change your coverage during open enrollment this fall, it’s a good idea to start looking at options now. Visit Medicare.gov for advice on the seven things to consider when choosing Medicare coverage.

 

Exercise

 

Exercise remains important throughout your lifetime. If you suffer from arthritis, exercise can help ease the pain. According to Summit Medical Group, there are many benefits of exercise, including increased bone mass and improved balance, both of which help to reduce strain on the joints.

 

Before you begin any exercise routine, consider your abilities and lifestyle. For example, if it’s difficult for you to be outside for an extended amount of time, there are ways to work your body indoors. Activities such as watching fitness videos, creating your own home gym, or taking a stroll through the local mall with friends are all fun, effective options.

 

Diet

 

Many seniors mistakenly believe that they need fewer nutrients with age. This isn’t true, and some physicians believe that seniors need a higher intake of certain vitamins with age. Make your diet a top priority, and do your best to stick with conventional wisdom when it comes to what you put on your plate.

 

If you find your appetite shifting away from fare you used to love, there are plenty of culinary options to choose from. Even if you’ve never liked salmon, for example, you may find you enjoy it now, so don’t be afraid to try new recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

 

Socialization

 

One thing you may have noticed with age is that your social group has dwindled. But maintaining a healthy and active social life will enhance your golden years, and may even keep loneliness and isolation, which are both dangerous to seniors, at bay.

 

Consider spending one or two days each week at your local senior center. If you are comfortable with technology, you can always check Meetup.com for senior groups in your area.

 

Sleep

 

As you age, it is not uncommon to spend more time in bed, but less time resting comfortably. Stress, depression, and illness can keep you tossing and turning. Further, if you have back or neck pain, it can be exponentially difficult to find a comfortable sleeping position. Cognitive decline and the normal dying off of neurons within the brain can all make it that much harder to sleep well throughout the night.

 

Sleep remains essential to your health throughout your lifetime, and it pays to know all you can about sleeping well. This senior sleep guide by Tuck is a wealth of information.

 

You can’t stop the aging process. What you can do is meet it head on by making changes to your life and habits that help you remain happy, healthy, and well.
 
 
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When Jim Vogel became a caregiver for his aging parents, he was inspired to promote senior health and information. His goal is to highlight ways in which people can give seniors support to thrive throughout their golden years.