The Best Advice for Seniors Who Want to Thrive
By Lance McHan December 17, 2019

Life is full of hills and valleys, and sometimes we can get the impression that our senior years are a season of descent. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be that way. Read on for advice to ensure your senior years are a period in which you can thrive.

 

Check Your Living Environment

Is your home supporting your independence, or do you feel like it weighs you down? If it’s hard getting around, managing your day-to-day tasks, or simply more house than you need these days, it might be time to make some changes. Fortunately, seniors have more options than ever, so think about what would make you feel better.

One top option for seniors is making home modifications. Things like installing a ramp, adding grab bars to your bathroom, widening doorways, and swapping out your flooring can make a big difference in how well you get around. This infographic can help you sort out some ideas. There are also some smart home additions you can add, such as a smart doorbell so you can see who’s at the door, or a voice-controlled entertainment system if you’re visually impaired.   

If you’re feeling hindered in other ways, like dressing, making your meals, and using the bathroom, an assisted living community could be your best choice. These communities are a terrific option for seniors who are still living independently and want to come and go as they please, but just need a bit of support. Thanks to the web, you can check your options from the comforts of home. 

No longer needing a big house, but not looking for assisted living?  For many seniors, downsizing to a more senior-friendly house is at the top of their list. As US News points out, downsizing brings a number of advantages to seniors, boosting finances, reducing workload, and lowering stress levels. It’s a chance to free up time and money so you can enjoy life more.  

 

Your Get Up and Go

How’s your get-up-and-go these days? If you lack energy, strength, balance, or flexibility, embracing an exercise program could be just the ticket. In fact, exercise can benefit seniors in a wide variety of ways. It appears that staying fit can enhance your ability to heal and stave off infections, prevent chronic conditions, and help you avoid falls by maintaining strength, flexibility, and balance so you can stay safe in your living environment. If you’re new to working out, Nurse Next Door offers these standing and sitting beginner-friendly exercises for seniors. If standing is a no-go, there are seated exercises that will put less of a strain on your body than a full workout.  

When you reach the next fitness level or just want to break up your routine, think about picking up a new sport. You can try something like recumbent cycling, hiking, or bowling. If you have access to a pool, consider taking your workout to the water; water sports are easy on your joints and are a fun way to stay healthy.

 

Watch Your Food and Drink

As we get older, one of the changes our bodies experience is a reduced ability to notice thirst. With that in mind, make sure you watch your water consumption, especially when you’re working out. Pay attention to signs of dehydration, such as dry mouth, reduced urination, dry skin, and irritability. Keep a bottle of water with you, and sip regularly.

Water is one of the cornerstones of healthy nutrition. It’s also important to eat a healthy, well-rounded diet, including plenty of vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, whole grains, lean meats, beans, and dairy products. One way to make this easy on yourself is to eat nutritious soups.  Balanced, healthy soups can provide a little of everything! Plus, they’re convenient since you can cook up a batch and freeze portions for later. It’s also a good idea to take a daily multivitamin. These vitamins can raise your energy and improve bone, eye, and skin health. 

Your senior years can be full and thriving! If you’re ready to raise your quality of life, examine your living environment, do some exercising, and embrace healthy nutrition. These simple tips can mean living life to the fullest as a senior. 

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