Health Dos and Don’ts for Seniors
Getting older doesn’t have to mean getting less healthy. Nobody lives forever, but you can continue leading an active life as you age. Below are a few things you should and shouldn’t do to help ensure that your later years are happier and more satisfying.
Don’t Limit Yourself
One of the biggest obstacles that you face in shaping a happy and healthy life as you age is the way our culture sees aging and how that affects you. If you look up tips for aging, it’s likely you will find many suggestions that seem to assume you have mobility issues or suffer from poor health in other ways. While this is certainly true of some seniors, it can also be true for people of any age. Perhaps the most important don’t for older adults, is to not believe in the common image of an aging person.
Look around you and you will see seniors climbing mountains, staying motivated to exercise as they age, starting businesses, taking classes, and even running countries. We tell those in every other age to believe in themselves, and this shouldn’t stop just because you are older. While your age may be a risk factor which makes you more likely to develop certain conditions and can mean you need to take things a little slower than you did when you were younger, it does not automatically mean you need to limit yourself to a quiet and sedentary life.
Do Think About Insurance
It is important to pay attention to insurance as you get older for a few different reasons. First, you want to make sure that you continue to have adequate health care coverage after you retire. Second, you might want to look into long-term care insurance and whether this is a practical option for you. Finally, you may want to take a look at your life insurance policy and whether you need it any longer.
The life settlement industry is a relatively new one which can allow you to sell your life insurance policy if you no longer need it, and this can provide a substantial amount of money for your retirement. You can read more about life settlement companies to choose the one that is right for your needs. It can be difficult to know which company to choose, so it’s worth evaluating your options.
Don’t Neglect Your Social Life
If you aren’t going to the office every day, are you still seeing people regularly? If you’ve been an introvert all your life, you don’t suddenly have to turn into a raging extrovert the day you retire, but it is important for older adults to maintain friendships and connections with family and friends.
Do Stay Involved
For many, getting involved with their community, volunteering, or even working part-time is just as important as maintaining social ties. Ideally, retiring means you can keep the obligations which matter to you and let the others go. Some older adults may finally be able to donate most of their time to the things they most enjoy, whether that is traveling, politics, a religious community, running a small business or anything else they never quite had enough time for when they were younger. This involvement can mean a healthier old age.