Five ways seniors can prioritize health and wellness

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There are a lot of exciting times ahead when people reach retirement age. During the golden years, there’s often newfound freedom and the chance to unwind and look back at all that’s been accomplished.

With this newfound freedom come age-associated challenges that have the potential to put a damper on one’s celebrations. To get the most out of this period, it’s important that seniors prioritize their health and wellness. Here are five ways to make that happen.

Look Into Medicare Before You Need It

Medicare can be extremely useful to those in need, but it’s also a fairly complex system that can be difficult to understand, especially if there are pressing health concerns. By taking the time to understand the various plans and your eligibility, you’ll have all of the information you need to make an informed decision should the time come that you require assistance.

Many Medicare-related costs are on the rise, but according to HealthCare.com, some of the supplemental Medicare premiums are decreasing. Ideally, you’ll be able to set yourself up for success before you retire.

Keep Moving

Exercise and movement get more important as you age. It’s important to find a way to keep being physically active, even if that means something as simple as getting out for a walk or spending some time gardening. Don’t get caught up in the idea that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks; the golden years are the perfect time to try something new.

Resistance training and strength sports are especially helpful to seniors as they improve bone density and joint health when done correctly. Some seniors are even venturing into the competitive atmosphere with powerlifting, challenging their bodies while scaling their training to their needs. Find a form of exercise that appeals to you, and commit to it.

Prevention and Early Detection Are Key

Prevention and early detection play a significant role in overall health and wellbeing for seniors. That means prioritizing staying well with healthy habits, such as a diet to suit the body’s needs and getting adequate sleep. Additionally, seniors should prioritize their medical screening procedures and stay up-to-date on vaccinations and checkups.

As the body ages, it gets harder to heal. Invasive surgeries become riskier, and things that were once no big deal can be dangerous. By taking a proactive approach to health protocols and being a self-advocate, seniors can stay healthy longer.

Be Social

Having a healthy social life plays a significant role in mental health and wellness. While retirement presents a lot of incredible opportunities for exploration and enjoyment, it goes hand-in-hand with a significant lifestyle change. It’s easy to become isolated in the later years, which can take a toll on both mental and physical health.

Look for social groups and volunteer opportunities that will get you out of the house and interacting with others. Set standing dates with friends and family members to get together and catch up. Try new activities and look for community-hosted, senior-oriented events to attend.

Make Changes to Your Home

Making simple changes to your home can help prevent accidents and make it easier to stay mobile and independent. If you have a larger home, look at downsizing to a place that’s easier to care for or lacks stairs. Put anti-slip stickers in the shower and tub, and add railings and bars where convenient.

As you age, your body doesn’t always work the way it should. Balance deteriorates in relation to a loss of muscle tone and changes to the senses. Injuries resulting from a fall are more serious as a result. Preparing your home for your aging body will help keep you safe and healthy well into your golden years.

Your senior years are a time to enjoy the fruits of your labors. By prioritizing your overall health and wellness, you can spend these years making memories and feeling fulfilled.

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