This article was written exclusive for our MIMA readers, by our good friend, Hazel Bridges of AgingWellness.org
Living healthier does not have to take a lot of work for seniors. You can make small changes to your daily habits to enhance your physical health, and make a major impact on your overall quality of life. So, if you need some ideas on how to keep yourself healthy and happy, then you need to read through these healthy lifestyle tips for seniors.
Make Some Inexpensive Smart Home Modifications
If you pay attention to the news and media, you may be hearing a lot about how smart home automation is changing people’s lives. But what you may not know is that smart home features can make life safer and easier to live for aging seniors. Best of all, you can find some budget-friendly smart upgrades that can add a ton of comfort and security to your home. For example, you could install a video doorbell that will allow you to see who is at the door without having to get up and answer it. With a video doorbell system, you won’t miss important appointments with visitors but you can also be protected from potential home intruders.
Another cost-friendly upgrade you can make to your home is to swap older light bulbs for smarter light bulbs. Just like a video doorbell, you can control any lights with these bulbs with just a touch of your phone, rather than having to get up and adjust lighting. This can be helpful for older adults who simply want a more convenient way to live at home. However, if gadgets are not your thing, you can also go with some budget-wise aging upgrades to keep yourself safe and comfortable inside your home, like grab bars and slip-resistant flooring.
Keep Your Diet Healthy Without a Lot of Hassle
You also need to pay attention to the details of your diet if you want to live healthier as a senior. Some food plans are better than others, so choose a healthy eating option based on your individual nutrition and health needs. If you have high blood pressure, a low-sodium DASH meal plan may be the best fit, or you could try to stick to elements of the Mediterranean diet.
If getting out and getting healthy groceries is an issue due to mobility, you should know that many stores are now offering free or low-cost delivery options for groceries. You can order from local stores or shop for groceries online, but both offer a convenient way for seniors to keep healthy foods stocked in their kitchens without having to take a trip to the store. You will want some healthy ideas to prepare those fresh foods as well, so look online for easy, healthy recipes that you can prepare in no time. Most are low-calorie and feature plenty of the wholesome veggies, grains, and lean proteins you need to stay healthy and strong as a senior.
Take Better Steps to Take Care of Your Health
Since the center of most senior wellness plans is physical health, you need to be in control of your healthcare coverage at all times. This means properly researching your Medicare options and understanding the coverage that comes with various plans and supplements. Spend some time doing research during the spring and summer so you will be ready to make informed choices during open enrollment in the fall.
Of course, you also need to be proactive about your health by getting regular exercise. The best senior exercise options are fitness plans that include a little cardio, some strength training, and stretching for balance and flexibility. You can get the workouts you need by scheduling some time for swimming, walking, yoga, and tai chi into your weekly wellness plans. Doing so can prevent serious health issues, as well as life-threatening falls.
As you get older, it becomes more important to take care of your health. You can live your best life as a senior by caring more for your safety at home, nourishing your mind and body with healthy foods, and taking an active role in managing your wellness.