Five Steps to Help Seniors Boost Their Whole Health
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As we age, we need to make changes to maintain our overall health. Of course, managing these new strategies can often seem daunting. To make sure you are living your best life, it’s time for a few small adjustments.
Get the Right Medicare
While the best way to protect our health is to have the right insurance, the many parts and add-ons of Medicare can feel very overwhelming. For instance, many of us assume that we sign up only when we're ready to retire. However, we can apply up to three months before we turn 65, even if we’re still employed. If you don’t sign up on time, which is seven months after you turn 65, you will be hit with fines and increased rates. However, it isn’t as simple as simply applying for Medicare, as you need to pick which parts suit your lifestyle and health history best. At the least, you need Part A (hospital care), but you may want Part B (doctor visits) and Part D, (prescription coverage). Of course, there is also Part C (often known as Medicare Advantage), and Medigap to help to fill out your coverage.
Best Exercise for the Golden Years
Exercise is vital to good health, and the best workouts emphasize aerobics, muscle strengthening, and balance. If you’re new to fitness, consult a doctor and begin slowly. While five minutes of daily cardio may not seem enough, it could be built upon until you work up to 30 minutes each day. As an added precaution, you may want to start with some extra supports, such as a chair to maintain balance during weight work. Lastly, no matter what, you should end sessions with gentle stretching to improve flexibility and avoid pulling a muscle. Best of all, ending with a stretch will help you feel better overall.
Find Good Support
At the end of the day, retirement communities can offer valuable support as we age. Still, each home is different, so we must understand our needs to find the perfect one. For instance, you might have specific requirements, such as wanting a facility that lets you keep pets. However, each and every one of us will also need somewhere that encourages socialization, looks after our health as it changes, and is in a location that suits us. That might mean being close to family or friends, or near to a favorite family doctor. Choosing a facility is a serious matter, so take the time to research different places and know what you need personally.
Unfortunately, around 40 percent of Americans don’t get the nutrition their bodies need. That can be due to unhealthy meals or an inability to absorb certain vitamins and minerals. Yet, as we grow older, we're more likely to experience digestion issues, so we may need other methods to get the nutrients required to stay healthy. In fact, the more vitamins you get, the more likely you are to maintain strength and health. So, see if a multivitamin would benefit you, and explore how it could become part of your daily routine; this might involve talking to your doctor or specialist to find out what they recommend.
Eat Meals Designed for You
The more nutritious your meals, the better. Even if you have never really cooked before, it’s not too late to learn how to make healthy and delicious meals. To make things easier, you can batch-cook proteins and starchy staples, such as rice, potatoes, and quinoa, to use in a range of dishes throughout the week. Then, each meal just needs to be assembled and spiced, so you have yummy and nutritious options at home.
It seems like a lot of change, but most of these steps can be incorporated into everyday life. Arm yourself with knowledge to get your best healthcare plan and to find the support you need. These years are a promise we have made to ourselves to be the best they can possibly be.
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