Retirement often comes with mixed feelings – a sense of freedom and excitement may be accompanied by uncertainty and increasing health problems. Older adults want to live longer but they also want to stay well physically and mentally.
Their independence is precious to them and the idea of becoming dependent on others is difficult. To ensure their overall good health, it is very important to take the following steps.
Identify and treat health problems
One factor that can seriously affect any retirement plans is ill health. Early diagnosis of health problems, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol or high blood sugar, makes treatment possible and can prevent more serious problems from occurring later on. The out-of-pocket expenses can be high when identifying and treating health problems and supplemental insurance plans can help to fill the gaps.
Medicare Plan G is a popular plan offered by Medicare Plan G Organization. It offers the most coverage and enables retirees to save money on their healthcare. Plan G covers most of the medical expenses Original Medicare classifies as supplemental.
Exercise to promote overall good health
Exercise helps older adults to feel good, function well and sleep better. It also reduces their risks of many of the chronic diseases that develop with age and improves muscle strength so they can keep doing their daily activities without depending on others.
CDC guidelines suggest doing at least 150 minutes per week of moderate aerobic exercise and doing muscle-strengthening activities on two days of the week. If older adults are unable to do 150 minutes per week due to chronic conditions, they need to do as much physical activity as their conditions allow.
Socialize to prevent loneliness
Retirees may become isolated socially as work friendships fade and a lack of socialization can negatively impact health and mental well being. Many people over the age of 65 live alone.
To help ward off any mental health issues, like depression and anxiety, it is vital for retirees to keep in touch with family, plan social engagements with friends, and engage in stimulating activities with others.
Joining a writing club, book club, dancing lessons, art lessons or singing in a choir are all good ways to get out and explore interests as well as form friendships at the same time.
Learn a new skill to boost cognitive function
It is never too late in life to learn something new. Learning a new skill not only boosts cognitive function but offers a feeling of accomplishment. Perhaps someone has always wanted to play a musical instrument or learn to speak a certain language. Retirement offers the opportunity to spend time developing skills that may have been latent for many years while working.
Challenging the brain helps to prevent memory loss and cognitive decline. Taking up chess, doing crossword puzzles, playing a new game or pursuing a new hobby can all help to stimulate the brain and improve mental health.
Give back to the community
There are countless charities that appreciate a helping hand from volunteers. Older adults can experience great benefits from volunteering for organizations with causes that are close to their hearts, from those which feed the needy to those which care for the environment. Many who love animals enjoy volunteering for animal rescue organizations.
Volunteering not only makes retirees realize they can make a difference but also gives them the opportunity to get out and make new friends. They often experience significant benefits when volunteering, including being happier, experiencing greater life satisfaction, and having a strong social network.