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Perhaps one of the most important areas of retirement to educate yourself and your family about is senior health and wellness. The fact that your physical needs change as you age is no surprise to anyone. However, many of us resist accepting the fact that our body’s capabilities may not match up to what we imagine. For some, this is because of illness, either severe or mild. For others, it’s due to failing to live a healthy and active lifestyle. There’s a danger in retirement of individuals believing they don’t need to attend to their health and wellness or that their senior years will be filled with only dealing with health issues. Both of these extremes miss the mark. Senior health and wellness are important to living the full, active lifestyle you expect as you age.
There are usually seven aspects to maintaining and improving senior health and wellness. These include the following:
Wellness is often the mental side of wellbeing whereas regular exercise and physical activity are the health side of it. There are several ways to encourage exercise and develop it into a good habit:
But health isn’t just exercise. It is also eating right and adjusting one’s diet as one ages. Our energy needs change as we age as does our need for certain vitamins and minerals, including calcium, vitamin D, and vitamins B6 and B12. After age 50, we need more of these vitamins and minerals in our diets than before. Good nutrition can have an impact on well-being and independence. Nutritional supplements and multivitamins are a good means to support a healthy diet. But keep in mind, supplements aren’t a replacement for eating well or eating regularly.
SeniorSmart offers seniors and their families some of the best options for improving as well as maintaining senior health and wellness. Whether it’s finding the right programs while part of an active, independent living community or just entering retirement and wanting to maintain the lifestyle one enjoys, we provide tips and resources.
Individuals looking to retire, those already in retirement, and their families can learn more about their options by exploring our services. At SeniorSmart, we provide: