As much as we all hate to admit it and hate to talk about it, we are all aging. Every day, we get older and changes are happening in our bodies and minds. There are things we can do now and as we age to help with that process. Yes, you can work to get better as you age!
Karen Weeks is a perfect example of this! She is my guest blogger this week, and I'm excited to welcome her to my page. Her post is related to seniors, but I think it relates to everyone. We can all start now to help with the aging process.
Here's a little about Karen:
After retirement, I was bored and struggled to find a new sense of purpose. So, I decided to learn a new skill. I took a computer course and learned how to build my own website. Now, I try new things all the time. I believe nothing is off limits to seniors, and I want to spread the word!
You can learn more about her at her website, https://elderwellness.net.
And here's what she has to say about your golden years:
Take Your Well-Being Into Your Own Hands in Your Golden Years
Prevention is the best medicine. That goes for everyone, but perhaps even more so for seniors.
The truth is that you’re at greater risk of a number of chronic illnesses that nobody wants to think about, including diabetes, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease. However, you can boost your odds of a long and happy life by being proactive and taking health into your own hands.
It’s not complicated, just a matter of making changes to your everyday routine. If you’re ready to get started, here’s how to set off on the road to well-being in your golden years.
Find the Right Recipes
It’s important to cook meals that are rich in nutrients but low in calories as your metabolism has slowed down over the years. If you’re looking for suggestions, A Place for Mom has more than enough, covering breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with plenty of variety to keep those meals from getting monotonous. As you’ll see from the ingredients, fruits, veggies, and whole grains are the main players.
Change Up Your Exercise Routine
A healthy diet ensures you have enough energy for fitness, but that still leaves the question of what to do. Walking, swimming, or cycling can take care of cardio, though experts also recommend adding some strength training to your routine to increase muscle mass while enhancing balance and mobility.
Keep Your Mind Sharp
Your body isn’t alone in needing a workout; your brain does, too. Without exercising your mind, you may fall into what’s known as cognitive decline. Ways to work your brain include reading regularly and learning something new, such as taking up a new hobby.
Hang Out With Your Friends
That’s right. An active social life isn’t just fun; it’s crucial to staying in form mentally as well as physically. You may not notice, but some good conversation with the gang helps to reduce stress while also providing a sense of belonging and emotional support. That can add years to your life.
Don’t Hesitate to Meditate
And when it comes to scientific research, there’s a lot to back up claims that meditation does wonders for your mental health by reducing stress, but there’s more. Much more. The ancient Eastern practice also aids seniors in managing chronic pain while decreasing inflammation and enhancing circulation. It’ll also helps you sleep better.
Get to Sleep On Time
You need your sleep. In terms of hours, that’s about seven to nine per night, though it can be hard to get as seniors tend to wake up more often. The experts at Tuck recommend keeping your bedroom dark and cool to stay in dreamland, and taking a warm bath to drift off more quickly.
Modify Your Home
It’s important to make sure your home is a safe place to live in. If it doesn’t already have all the modifications you need, you should install them. Grab bars, outdoor ramps, anti-slip flooring, and ample lighting can help your home become more accessible. If you need assistance with any modifications, you should consider looking for an affordable handyman service. If you’re looking at a full remodel, this can cost considerably more. For example, homeowners spend an average of $17,507 for a kitchen remodel in Virginia Beach.
Employ Smart Technology
There are so many gadgets that can help keep you healthy and safe that it’s hard to keep track of them all. A few worth mentioning are programmable thermostats that lower the temperature automatically in the evening so you can get to sleep, smart doorbells that show who’s at the door (you can purchase these online for $99.99), or GPS shoe inserts that give your location. And don’t forget dispensers that dole out medication in the prescribed amount at the right time of day.
Choose the Right Coverage
Medicare provides a lot of choices, but some research is required before deciding which plan is right for you. You’ll find some help from the finance wizards at Kiplinger, who walk you through the procedure step by step, beginning with a needs assessment and ending with enrollment at the end of the year.
Now you’ve got all the bases covered when it comes to good health for your mind and body. By making a few changes, you’ll be well on your way to improving how you care for yourself during your golden years.
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Thank you, Karen, for your words of wisdom! Make sure to check out her website and show her some love!
I hope you have a beautiful week!
With love and wellness,