Taking care of our bodies is our personal responsibility. This becomes more necessary as we enter our golden years because this is the time when medical conditions can start rearing their ugly heads and mobility challenges surface. With that in mind, it’s a good idea to pay closer attention to overall health and wellness at this juncture, not just to fend off diseases and other risks, but also to maintain quality of life. Here are some of the best ways you can stay strong and healthy throughout your senior years.
Move with purpose.
Physical activity is well-known for its many benefits, especially for seniors. MedlinePlus explains that through exercise you can control weight, manage blood sugar and cholesterol levels, and stave off heart disease and cancer. It also helps strengthen bones and muscles, which, in turn, reduces the risk of falls among older adults. As a bonus, it also improves mood and mental
health, as well as keeps your brain sharp as you age. Needless to say, incorporating movement and physical activity into your everyday routine is
highly recommended. Go for exercises that focus on balance, cardio, strength training, and flexibility, such as yoga, tai chi, water aerobics, and even walking. As a rule of thumb, seniors should get medical clearance before getting on an exercise program. From there, you can start slow and work your way up.
Eat with care.
No doubt, it may seem like as you grow older, the more restrictive your diet becomes. This is actually for good reason, considering the many changes that occur in your body as you progress in age. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy your food. It just means that you need to be more mindful of what you eat. There’s more than one way to eat healthy. Consider putting a healthier spin on the comfort foods that you love. It’s also good practice to start paying attention to nutrition labels, so make this a habit. Most importantly, be aware of what a healthy plate should look like and focus on getting the nutrients that you need.
Reap your benefits.
Of course, you can only do so much for your body. It’s nice to get some help, too. It’s undoubtedly a welcome perk of being 65 (or older) to have a multitude of benefits available to you, many of which are designed with your health and wellness in mind. From the federal government alone, Investopedia explains seniors are eligible for assistance through Medicare and/or Medicaid. Both have benefits that range from hospitalization to medical tests to even prescription medication. However, as these vary based on coverage, it’s important to find out what you qualify for and research on the different coverage options to get the benefits you’re entitled to.
Prioritize your welfare.
Ultimately, your overall health and wellness depend on your comfort and peace of mind, which is why it’s important to make sure that you receive the right amount of care and assistance in your twilight years. As you get older, fully caring for yourself might become increasingly difficult,
so it may be more prudent to consider alternative living arrangements for the long term. Assisted living is undoubtedly one of the better options available for seniors, especially those who need assistance in certain daily living tasks but still wish to maintain a modicum of independence and privacy. Thankfully, you can easily find assisted living facilities in your area, based on your needs and preferences. There is a huge variety, and to illustrate, A Place for Mom partners with 50 facilities in the San Francisco area alone. Do some research and then visit facilities in person to find the right match for your lifestyle and price point. It may seem like staying healthy in your senior years is a tall order, but truth be told, it’s mostly
nothing that you haven’t already been doing most of your life. So make it a point to always make mindful and wholesome choices. You’ll be grateful for the health and happiness you retain throughout to future.