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As we age, our health tends to diminish as well. Our immune systems become less effective at warding off diseases and illnesses, making us more susceptible to pathogens and bacteria. Our muscles and bones become less sturdy and strong, resulting in a higher chance of developing sprains or broken bones. While some of these changes are unavoidable, there are several things seniors can do to maintain their physical, mental, and physiological faculties. Here are some tips for helping seniors to be, look, and feel healthier.
Improve Your Home’s Technological Abilities
Seniors face many challenges on a daily basis when it comes to moving throughout and managing their homes. There are many smart home modifications that people can make to their homes in order to make them more senior-friendly; for example, smart doorbells can help those who are hearing impaired feel more secure from potential intruders or other criminals. This technology also ensures seniors won’t miss any important visitors. Another great feature of these doorbells is wireless cameras that offer seniors a clear view of anyone at their front door without having to get up and answer a knock.
Enroll in a Medicare plan.
Medical coverage isn’t cheap, especially for seniors who typically need more prescriptions and appointments than the average individual. Every senior who is 65-years-old or older should enroll in a Medicare plan in order to help cover their medical costs. These plans also ensure that members receive all of the necessary medical attention to keep them healthy. There are many different kinds of Medicare plans from which eligible seniors can choose. Depending on the plan, enrollees may receive benefits for dental care, vision care, prescription medication, and other wellness-focused programs as well. Take the time to research the best plan before you apply for Medicare between October 15 and December 7.
Work with a Physical Therapist
Staying active is a great way for seniors to look, feel, and stay young. Because many elderly individuals stop moving regularly after retirement, their physical health begins to diminish. If you aren’t in a position to participate in a sport such as tennis or golf, it doesn’t mean that you have to give up exercise altogether. Working with a physical therapist can give you the perfect combination of movement and professional attention. You can rest assured that every exercise and stretch will be aimed toward improving your mobility and physical health overall.
Take Up Cooking as a Hobby
Throwing something together in a rush is one thing, but taking the time to cook an elaborate meal is another. Cooking is a great hobby for seniors, and it doesn’t require a lot of energy or investment. It can help to improve cognitive functioning by utilizing a person’s multi-tasking, memory recall, and improvisation faculties. In addition to the mental benefits, cooking also encourages individuals to make healthier food choices. Instead of heating up that frozen meal or cracking open an instant dish, you’ll be prompted to go to the store and hand-select healthy ingredients. This is also a great opportunity to be creative and try something new.
Stay Socially Active
After retirement, seniors face the difficulty of maintaining a socially active lifestyle. However, a reduction in this interaction with other people can lead to less physical activity, loneliness, and/or depression. Several studies have established a connection between social engagement and better health overall. Seniors can achieve easily improve their number of social interactions by volunteering, having weekly dinners with family or friends, and becoming more active in their community.
Even though everyone experiences some physical and mental decline when they age, the rate at which these changes occur can be controlled. A healthy lifestyle with effective habits and sufficient medical attention is a step in the right direction for all seniors who want to be, feel, and look healthier.
Guest Post By: Susan Treadway; Rehab Holistics