Ahh… retirement! The Golden Years. Time to finally relax and enjoy life fully. But what about your health? We all want to live not just longer but a better quality of life. So it’s crucial you understand all the key aspects of staying healthy after you retire.
Retirees who choose to retire before they can collect Social Security and take advantage of Medicare need to have a nest egg to live on, but there may also be a period between the end of employment and the beginning of Medicare coverage where employer-sponsored medical insurance ends.
This is a great time to have temporary medical insurance to fall back on, but even with that, there are several things that can be done to improve overall health and lessen the frequency of doctor visits. Retirees who want to stay healthy in their golden years need to understand that there are multiple dimensions to health.
As people age, their metabolisms begin to slow down and the overall appearance of their bodies can change. Exercise is helpful for weight maintenance or weight loss, and strength and weight training are useful for combating the inevitable muscle loss and balance issues. Another common problem with aging is difficulty sleeping.; regular exercise may promote better quality sleep.
Physical wellness involves the health of the body as a whole. Here are a few tips to improve physical wellness:
Senior Health Tips
Eat a healthy diet that includes at least 7 to 13 servings of fruits and vegetables each day.
Avoid processed foods.
Increase intake of foods like whole grains and fresh fruit and vegetables.
Drink plenty of water.
Avoid eating foods that are high in saturated fats, like junk foods.
Avoid drinking soft drinks or juice drinks that are packed with sugar.
Avoid excessive use of alcohol and tobacco.
Be sure to have health insurance coverage, whether through a former job or a private coverage provider.
After retirement, it isn’t unusual for people to lose touch with former coworkers. Human contact is essential, and the more involved older people are in activities that involve other people, or in doing things that allow them to pursue their interests, the more balanced they can be in their social lives.
Another important aspect of social wellness is developing relationships with people outside of the family, and maintaining regular contact with family members. Strong family relationships promote healthy social interaction while also contributing to overall emotional well-being.
Retirees tend to be more isolated than when they were working. This can lead to depression, which can have a debilitating effect if neglected. Rather than risk isolation, retirees can engage in relationships that promote a good self-image, connect with animals for the companionship and unconditional love they give, and consider volunteering, just to name a few ideas. The key is to maintain a steady flow of interaction with people who have a positive effect on your emotional wellbeing.
Mental stimulation is essential for overall health and well-being. The more mentally active people are, the less likely they are to incur problems with memory or dementia in later life. There are many other activities that provide mental stimulation: reading is a great way to strengthen the vocabulary and stimulate thinking, whether about characters, plots or other aspects of a book. Get involved in local politics and make a point of reading newspapers on a daily basis. Attend lectures, or participate in guided tours, or even start attending concerts or theater events.
Connecting with nature and the environment can contribute to greater environmental wellness. Concern for the environment can take many forms, but among the most obvious ways are gardening, composting, recycling and using alternative methods of transportation that don’t require driving. Biking, walking, or even taking a bus or train show an awareness of the impact of pollution on environment. When purchasing cleaning supplies, look for natural, chemical-free alternatives or learn to make cleaning products with items that are regularly on hand at home.
Retired people who want to reclaim their health, stay healthy, or improve their health need to look at the way they live. The things that people do for themselves, like getting exercise, adequate rest, eating a healthy diet, maintaining healthy relationships and remaining socially active can alleviate stress. This awareness may help people control chronic diseases themselves, and ultimately give them the satisfaction of knowing that they have control over their lives as the masters of their own destinies.