When you retire you will have more spare time to relax and do the things you love. To ensure your senior years are happy ones, it is important to take good care of your health.
Having a plan to manage your health can help you to stick to a routine and stay independent for longer. To get you started we have compiled our top tips for seniors, so you can stay healthy…and happy!
1. Organize Your Health Insurance
If you are over 65 you will probably already have access to Original Medicare. This is health insurance provided by the government and reduces the costs of basic hospital expenses and doctor visits. Often seniors find this isn’t enough, and choose to upgrade to a Medicare Advantage PPO plan or HMO plan from a private, Medicare-approved insurer.
These plans give you all of the benefits of Original Medicare, plus lower copays, usually dental coverage, vision services, and more affordable prescription drugs. Getting your health insurance sorted early will give you peace of mind that you can afford to seek treatment if required.
2. Make an Appointment
Once you have your health insurance finalized, you should use it! Preventative treatments and tests can reduce the risk of serious disease or complications.
You can start by visiting your primary physician to determine the types of appointments you should make based on your unique circumstances. This could include dentistry, physiotherapy, X-rays, or other specialty fields.
3. Get Out in the Garden
Gardening has numerous benefits! Not only is it enjoyable but it is good for fitness and the sunshine and fresh air will boost your mood. Gardening can be a solo activity or something you do with a family member or neighbor.
If you discover you have a green thumb you may like to start your own vegetable and herb garden. You can swap excess produce with friends, and use these fresh ingredients in your cooking.
4. Learn to Dance
Anyone can dance, and this is a fun, feel-good activity. Joining a local dance group will help you make new friends, and give you a regular weekly outing. Both men and women can benefit from dance and there are often classes dedicated to seniors.
Ballroom dancing, salsa, tap, and line dancing are popular and easy to learn. If dancing isn’t for you, look for low impact fitness opportunities in your area such as bowling, gym classes, cycling groups, or swimming.
5. Walk with a Friend
One of the best ways to stay active is walking. All you need is a good pair of shoes and you are ready to go. Walking with a friend will keep you motivated, and socializing regularly is good for your mental health.
Try to aim for at least 30 minutes a day, and challenge yourself by picking up the pace, going up hills, or walking long distances. If you have a dog, it will enjoy this just as much as you do!
Stay Happy and Healthy!
When life slows down and you no longer have the hustle and bustle of work and children, it can be easy to become complacent. However, your health is important and it can be managed throughout your retirement.
Look for ways to keep active such as dancing or walking, and make sure your health insurance is the right fit. Start making appointments with health care professionals to ensure you are aware of any issues. A healthy retirement is a happy retirement!