Aging Well For Seniors: Tips To Help You Take Control
Reaching your retirement years doesn’t mean you have to slow down or that the best part of your life is over. In fact, the opposite is often true. Many seniors find that they are healthier and happier than ever before. What’s their secret? They take charge of their health every day. Here are a few things you can do to follow their lead.
Stay on Top of Existing Health Conditions
As we age, we become more prone to issues, such as diabetes, depression, and high blood pressure. If you’ve already been diagnosed with a chronic condition, chronic care management can help you keep tabs on your health. By knowing your current state, you can make better choices to keep yourself healthy moving forward.
Understand Natural Aging
You likely see a bit more gray hair and may notice your vision declining slightly each year. These are normal changes, along with some hearing loss, arthritis, and reduced mobility. The National Institutes of Health explains that individuals in excess of 85 years can expect these and many other health conditions, including cognitive decline and frequent falls. While you may not experience any of these changes, it’s important to know what’s normal, what’s not, and what you can do to lessen the effects of advanced age.
Go Back to Work Doing Something You Love
You retired from the time clock, but now you don’t know what to do with all of your hours. The solution: go back to work. This doesn’t mean you have to make money for someone else, and many seniors today are dipping their toes into the world of entrepreneurship. Not sure what to do? Sixty And Me offers up lots of ideas on great side gigs for retirees. If you’re not sure how to start an LLC, look for an online formation service that has already aggregated state-specific regulations. While you do not have to establish an LLC structure, it’s a simple process that can help you save on your taxes and protect your home and other personal property.
Return to School to Learn Something New
If you want to start your own business but don’t feel confident in your business acumen, you might consider returning to school. Online coursework can enable you to attend classes from anywhere; here's a good option to consider. By obtaining a business degree, you'll be able to join the entrepreneurial world with confidence and knowledge to help you succeed.
Socialization is a crucial part of the human condition. And, considering that loneliness can increase your risk of depression and other mental health issues, it makes sense to stay in touch with your closest friends and family. If you opt to move into a care facility such as assisted living, you’ll likely have plenty of opportunities to socialize with others on a regular basis.
Consider hosting small gatherings in your home. It doesn’t have to be a big ordeal - just some snacks, some wine, and some good friends. But before you host, make sure your home has the right energy. If clutter or negativity fill your space, take the time to clear out both. Smudge your home and remove clutter before you begin to tidy. Then, the positivity of loved ones having fun together will replace the bad energy in no time.
Never Stop Moving
Exercise keeps our hearts healthy, our muscles strong, and our brains in top shape. If you aren’t already exercising, it’s time to start. SilverSneakers explains that a few simple exercises each day can help you stay healthy and strong for a lifetime. Walking, swimming, or even playing tennis are also great options that will have the added benefit of keeping you social. With a little research, you can find senior leagues to participate in a sport you enjoy, including bowling and golf.
Maintain Your Hygiene
Proper hygiene does more than reduce body odor. Daily, consistent self-care, such as brushing your teeth, washing your hands, and bathing, can reduce diseases by limiting the spread of bacteria and viruses. Maintaining yourself will also result in higher self-esteem and a greater level of social acceptance.
While age is more than just a number, it doesn’t have to limit your ability to enjoy life. A few small changes to your daily routine may be just what you need to take control. Instead of shunning your next birthday, welcome it with open arms and know that you have the power to make your senior years your best years.
- Gracefully Greying Contributing Writer Charlotte Meier, homesafetyhub.org