It can be incredibly overwhelming to manage your health care and needs as you’ve grown older. While a generally healthy adult will become a healthy senior as well, additional appointments, medications, and healthier habits may become necessary the older you become.
However, there are simple tips seniors can use to continue to take care of their health and live a normal and active lifestyle. Here are 6 simple ways that seniors can take care of their health and thrive after 65.
A diet loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and healthy fats and protein is especially important to have as a senior. Not only can these foods offer immune-boosting properties, they can also help keep inflammation, fatigue, and heart issues at bay.
Foods that are high in sugars, unhealthy fats, and even alcohol can affect the body negatively. This could include everything from weight gain, to a lower immune system, and even illness.
Eating healthy foods and choosing healthier options is one of the best things you can do in order to live a healthy lifestyle. Even if you don’t practice the other five tips on this list, eating healthy, colorful, and vitamin enriched foods can boost your health and energy tremendously.
While high impact activity isn’t required in order to be healthy, moving your body frequently, even if just for 30-minutes every day, can do wonders for your health and body. It can help maintain strength, reduce stress, maintain a healthy body weight, and also make a difference in your sleep quality.
Low impact or moderate impact exercise, such as bicycling, swimming, water aerobics, and even walking are all easy and affordable ways to get the 150 minutes of exercise that is recommended every single week.
Take Mental Health Seriously
While eating healthy and physical activity are important, so is mental health. Late life depression and mental illness does happen and happens more often than many people may believe.
Between life changes such as retirement, and even changes like downsizing a home or having more free time, many seniors start to feel overwhelmed, or underwhelmed. This can cause friction and if not noticed or taken care of, can turn into serious sadness, depression, or anxiety.
So, prevention and knowing the early signs of mental illness is the key to staying healthy mentally and physically.
An average of 6 million American men and women over the age of 65 have experienced depression alone, with only about 10 percent speaking up and getting the help they need and deserve. If you feel this is something you are experiencing, you can call The Samaritan hotline at (877) 870-4673 and reach out to your primary provider for recommendations and referrals.
Prevent Vs. Treat
Prevention is key in order to catch any illnesses or diseases trying to creep up as you get older. Regular appointments, including with your primary doctor, dentist, and optometrist can spot issues or concerns long before you even experience symptoms.
It may be uncomfortable to set and attend so many appointments as you get older, especially if you fear bad news, but prevention is quite a bit easier to manage than treatment, and always more affordable as well.
While regular appointments are important, so are medications. Whether they need to be taken regularly or for illnesses, medications should be reviewed with your physician regularly, and, if a part of your day-to-day routine, taken as prescribed.
The best and easiest way to regulate routine medications is to keep a chart or pill box that allows you to know what medications to take and when.
Continue to Socialize
Physical and mental well-being also includes regular social time with friends, family, and other loved ones. Slowing down in your career and life doesn’t mean you have to slow down in your interactions with those that you care about.
In fact, it is extremely helpful and healthy to continue to be around those you love, and regular social time can boost your mood, help you keep and increase connections, and can help you feel loved and taken care of.
Overall, health doesn’t have to decline or deteriorate just because you’re getting older. With healthy practices, including eating food for fuel and daily exercise, plus regular visits to the doctor, seniors can be just as fun and full of life as ever.
Danielle K. Roberts is a Medicare insurance expert and co-founder at Boomer Benefits, where her team of experts help baby boomers with their Medicare decisions nationwide.