This article was written exclusively for our Allpoint Home Health readers by our friend Karen Weeks of ElderWellness
For many seniors, making the most of their mental and physical health is an important step in improving their overall life quality. If you are one of these older adults, you could be on the right track. Better health and wellness can definitely equate to more happiness. Best of all, you really just need simple lifestyle changes, like the suggestions below, to easily achieve it all.
Hire Help to Leave More Time for Fun
Your sense of independence has allowed you to achieve the major goal of retirement, so you need to find ways to actually enjoy it. One simple solutions for opening up your schedule for hobbies and fun is to hire folks to help out with maintenance around your home. Simple tasks, like cutting the grass or cleaning your home, can burden your schedule and your body as you get older. This may seem like a frivolous way to spend some of your retirement savings, but the psychological benefits of hiring someone to clean your home may far outweigh the expense. Not only will you be saving yourself the headache of tidying up on your own, but you will also be relieving the stress that can be associated with clutter in your home.
Use That Extra Time for Retirement Goals
If you do decide to hire landscaping or cleaning help, make sure you put the time saved to good use. Think about setting some golden-year goals that will help you feel more fulfilled during retirement. Maybe you have always dreamed of selling your home and moving to a cabin in the woods, or perhaps you would rather spend your retirement traveling the world. There are so many wonderful ways to enjoy life as you get older. Travel, however, is always at the top of the list for seniors and retirees, and travel can benefit your health. Staying active helps your body, while connecting with others will keep your emotions balanced. Need help deciding on a senior-friendly destination? You could plan a road trip to see a national park, or you can really see the world by setting your sights on a European or even African vacation.
Staying on Top of You Health
Nobody enjoys going to see the doctor, but it’s something we all need to do to stay on top of our health, both mentally and physically. So, if it’s been a while since you’ve taken a trip to your family physician, maybe it’s time to give them a call and schedule your annual wellness visit. This exam will take a look at your overall health and determine if you are at risk of any illnesses or disease. And while you’re at it, go ahead and make an appointment with your dentist, even if it’s been years since your last visit. Don’t have a dentist? No problem. It’s easier than ever to find a dentist in your area — all you need to do is hop online and enter in a little information!
Eat and Exercise Better for Enhanced Aging
Whether you’re going to spend your golden years globetrotting or gardening, you’re going to need your physical health. A regular exercise routine will help you maintain your physical strength, slow the aging processes, and reduce your risk for chronic diseases. All that adds up to more time to spend doing the things you love.
But exercise is not the only healthy choice that savvy seniors should be making. You can also make dietary changes that can help you look and feel better as you age. You will notice that many of those food changes involve adding more leafy greens, veggies and plant-based foods to your plate. Eating lean proteins is still important, but loading up on nuts and other nutrient-dense foods can boost healthy aging.
Grow Positive Relationships for Mental Health
Exercise, diet and quality of life are all crucial elements for senior health. But the real key to happy and healthy aging may be your relationships. Countless studies have shown a connection between longevity and a sense of social belonging for older adults, so don’t discount the impact your friends, family and other loved ones can have on your overall well-being. You need to spend time with these folks to keep your mental health balanced, and you also need that social support to decrease harmful stress in your life. Seniors looking to find new social connections can easily do so by looking for opportunities to do the things they love. You can make new friends while traveling, tending to a community garden, or going to an exercise class.
As you age, you begin to realize what’s really important in your life. Family, friends, and most of all, happiness become your top priorities. Taking better care of your health is the best way to enjoy all of them in the years to come.