It’s no secret that things change as we age. We see a difference in our physical appearance as well as how our body functions, and we may notice changes in our memory. While such changes are a part of life, it doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of this new chapter. Taking charge of caring for your physical and mental health is essential as a senior. Here are some tips for helping you thrive physically and mentally in your golden years.
Utilize your Medicare coverage
First, it’s important you understand how to fully take advantage of your Medicare coverage. Medicare Part A and Part B typically cover services such as hospital and nursing home visits, limited home health care, hospice care, doctor visits and services, annual exams and shots, radiology, labs, outpatient mental health care, high-quality medical equipment and ambulance transportation. While Medicare helps millions of people each day, its coverage is limited, particularly when it comes to long-term care.
If you think you’ll need more coverage, look into a supplemental coverage plan, such as a Medicare Advantage Plan. This type of add-on can help you get the funds you need to pay for dental appointments, optometrist visits, and prescriptions from your primary care and specialist physicians that your Medicare Parts A and B may not cover. Plans vary by state, so make sure you find what’s available in your area.
Eat fruits and vegetables
It’s hard to eat too much produce. No matter the season, there are always delicious and healthy fruits and vegetables to choose from. Loading up on produce is especially important for seniors, because the nutrients are fuel for your mind, help keep your blood pressure in check, and reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and digestive problems, among others. Depending on your age, gender, and level of physical activity, you could need anywhere from five to 13 servings per day. To ensure you get enough fruits and vegetables in your daily diet, try adding them to your favorite dishes, eating them as snacks and trying new produce each time you go to the store.
The importance of exercise for seniors cannot be overstated. Here are just a few of the many benefits of staying active through your golden years:
- Longer life
- More independence
- More self-confidence and higher self-esteem
- Stronger bones
- Prevention of injuries from falls
- Lowered chances of heart disease and stroke
- Delayed cognitive decline and reduced risk of dementia
Many seniors think they should do less physical activity as they age, opting to take it easy. However, a sedentary lifestyle is a sure way to shorten your lifespan and lower your quality of life. Try out a few different exercise types and movements to find one that’s right for you. It doesn’t have to be marathon running or HIIT to be effective; even going for walks in the neighborhood can do the trick.
Start your dream business
When you reach retirement age, it can be tempting to go ahead and stop working for good. But before you become a full-time retiree you should think back to before you even joined the workforce and what you envisioned your dream job to be.
Now that you’re financially stable and headed toward retirement, it’s finally possible to start what you wanted to do from the offset and get your dream career off the ground. You’ll find that starting your own business is much more fulfilling than the typical grind you had to do before.
That’s why starting a business of your own is preferred over throwing in the towel and retiring in the traditional sense. You can finally turn your hobbies into a career path that’s fun and keeps you moving.
Too many seniors spend the last years of their lives in isolation. If your community has a senior center, give it a try. Many of these centers offer loads of socializing opportunities, such as activities, classes, day trips, meals, and so on. Also, check to see what organizations in your area need volunteers. Volunteering is a great way to stay mentally and physically engaged, meet new people, and gain purpose through the opportunity to serve others. Furthermore, find a new hobby to do with others. It can be painting, gardening, knitting, or any other social activity that engages your mind and body.
Just because life brings change doesn’t mean you can’t thrive in your golden years. Learn as much as you can about Medicare, and consider all your options. Load up on fruits and vegetables and try to find a regular exercise routine. Finally, ask for assistance with more difficult chores and home projects, and do everything in your power to stay connected to people. Taking control of your physical and mental health is how you will improve your quality of life. And if you need care you can trust in this next phase of your life, check out CrownPointe Communities. (765) 759-0230
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