Crump Wellness is proud to feature guest blogger, Jason Lewis, Certified Personal Trainer. Jason is passionate about advocating senior wellness and keeping seniors injury-free. He created StrongWell (strongwell.org) to share his tips on senior fitness. He understands the plight of his fellow senior caregivers in providing the best possible care for their beloved.
Seniors often find that their health requires a boost, but in many cases, they aren’t sure how to go about making the necessary changes. As you grow older, your body and mind change. Without committing to certain lifestyle modifications, you may be putting yourself at risk for serious illness, injury, or disease. Giving your well-being an overhaul can take some time, but with dedication, you can ensure you’re prepared for the post-retirement years. It’s important to think about what your needs are now, as well as anticipate what needs you might have several years down the road. This will help you make the right choices when it comes to your home and lifestyle.
Wellness has often been depicted graphically as a wheel divided into several subareas. If you take a look at a wellness wheel, with all of its dimensions, it’s easy to see how each aspect of your life works together to contribute to your overall physical and emotional well-being. Let’s review some of those dimensions:
Your surroundings impact how you feel. If possible, it is a great idea to beautify your environment with gardening, potted plants, or other ideas to make the space you live in beautiful. If you are so inspired, getting involved in cleaning up or caring for the environment may provide a source of satisfaction and connection to the place you live and to others within the community.
Intellectual and Physical health
Intellectual and physical health are both important keys to wellbeing. It may be helpful to think of your brain as a muscle that needs exercise. Lifelong learning can reduce stress and even delay the onset of Alzheimer’s if one is vulnerable.
Social and Emotional
Staying social has been shown in studies to help seniors boost their mental health, including reducing feelings of anxiety, loneliness, and depression. You can keep an active social life by joining a club or group, making standing dates for lunch with family or friends, or volunteering in your community. This can help you feel vital and give you something to look forward to, something that can greatly benefit seniors after retirement.
Studies show a spiritual connection can boost a senior’s sense of wellness. However, it is likely a healthy and positive spiritual connection is relevant for all ages. In addition to bringing a sense of meaning into one’s life, spirituality also creates an opportunity for connection with other like-minded people.
Financial and Occupational
Financial and occupational health are also an aspect of wellness for seniors. Oftentimes, finding a different kind of occupation is a preferable option for seniors after retirement, simply for the joy of having something meaningful or enjoyable to do. A continued occupation or a hobby can bring added financial benefit and an ongoing sense of purpose. What many retirees don’t expect is the potential for boredom and inactivity to occur after retirement. An ongoing occupation, hobby, or volunteer position can bring fulfillment in the later years.
While making a plan that incorporates all of these areas may seem daunting, the important thing is just to begin. Here are some ways you can start to address one or more of these focus areas to improve your overall well-being now and for years to come.
Learn Something New
Few things benefit your mental health and brain power like learning something new, and a really fun way to get started is by learning to play an instrument. Playing music has been shown in studies to help older individuals retain their cognitive skills; it can even help improve your memory. Not only that, but music can also relieve stress and anxiety and can help you relax. By learning to play, you’ll boost your mental health in several ways. Look online for a tutorial or class, and do some research on the different types of instruments available to you.
Make Medicare Work for You
Medicare can be extremely helpful for many seniors, but it may not cover everything you need, such as some prescription medications or a hospital stay. Make your Medicare coverage work for you by making sure your policy has everything you need. Supplemental insurance, such as an Advantage Plan, will help you prepare for the future and give you peace of mind, though it’s important to understand what type of coverage your state offers.
Make Your Home a Safe Place
Your home should be a safe and comfortable place, and this might require a few changes. As we get older, the risk of falls and other accidents increases, meaning you are more likely to be injured. Reduce these risks by removing trip hazards such as throw rugs, and install a grab bar or seat in the shower to help you remain stable. Think about what your needs may be in the coming years; for instance, if you will require mobility equipment in the future, it might be advantageous to install a ramp if you have steps leading up to your front door.
Overhauling your physical and mental health will take time, so try to remain patient as you go through these steps. Making sure your body and mind are healthy will allow you to boost your quality of life and help with everything from better sleep to keeping you safe.
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