If you ask five people what healthy living means, you would probably get five different answers. There isn’t a right or wrong answer to this question because, ultimately, healthy living is about getting the most out of life. After all, anything you do to care for your health makes you feel better, whether that’s the energy you get from nutritious meals or the mental health boost you get from exercise.
It becomes even more important to make health-conscious choices as you age, especially when you want to continue living life to the fullest. If this sounds like the kind of senior lifestyle you want, try these tips that will put your healthy living goals within reach.
Think Safety First
No one wants to think that their safety is at risk, especially in their own home. However, changing health needs bring with them the need to evaluate risks. The upside of doing this self-evaluation is that there are many options for making your home safer. Sometimes all it takes is simple changes around the house, like removing any trip hazards to prevent falls.
In addition to making these small changes, many seniors are now getting on board with making smart home modifications. Smart technology includes anything that uses your home’s internet to make everyday electronics easier to use. This might include pre-programmed settings, voice-activated technology, or accessing household electronics through a mobile app.
One of our favorite modifications is the use of a smart doorbell. These are especially useful for anyone who has difficulty hearing because they give you notifications on your smartphone, or you can even see whoever is at your door on a camera. Using this kind of tech is a “smart” way to make sure you always know when you have visitors, plus it keeps you from worrying about intruders you don’t want around.
At the same time, seniors should also stay mindful of the possibility that living at home may not always be best. If you find that it becomes harder to make sure your needs are met, you may want to look into options for assisted living. For some seniors, making the move to assisted living is the best way to maximize their health without having to sacrifice your independence. An easy way to start your search is to look online for facilities near where you live. To ensure you find the right assisted living facility for your needs, look to senior living experts like A Place for Mom, which lists 43 communities in the Naples area for your consideration.
Know Your Benefits – And Make Full Use of Them!
Most seniors rely on Medicare for their healthcare coverage, which is a benefit that has some major perks. However, AARP reports that only about 44 percent of seniors review their Medicare plan each year. If you don’t review your plan, you may not have a full understanding of your benefits. This means you could be going without coverage you need, or you could be missing out on some great benefits that would help with your healthy living goals. If you still feel overwhelmed by your options, it can help to read up on Medicare basics that all seniors should know.
As important as it is to have the right health care coverage, most of your healthy living goals are achieved by what you do outside of the doctor’s office. This includes having a healthy diet, which is at the core of what it means to live well. Eating healthy does take a concerted effort, especially since seniors have specific nutritional needs and concerns. Our recommendation is to pick recipes that target your needs, such as heart-healthy meals or low-carb meals for diabetics. Cooking is also more of a joy when you pick quick recipes and use adaptive gadgets suggested by RehabMart, like a gripping tool or a one-handed cutting board.
These solutions aren’t one-size-fits-all, which is why it’s a good idea to identify whatever challenges make healthy living harder for you personally. When you do, there’s almost always a way to work around them! Healthy living isn’t a destination. It’s a way of life that anyone can adopt, at any age, to feel better and live your best life.
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