Age Gracefully and Stay Healthy in an Independent Living Community
Have you been struggling to stay healthy? It can be difficult to navigate the changes that come with age, but staying healthy doesn’t have to be hard. For instance, make sure you’re eating well, keeping active, and visiting the doctor often. One great way to maintain your independence as you age is to move to an independent living community where you can easily access all the care and services you need to maintain your health and quality of life.
Although there are plenty of options to explore, it’s important to do whatever suits your needs and fits your lifestyle. Here are some tips to get you started.
Senior nutrition is extremely important, and as you age, nutrients are more important than ever. Seniors often have a lower appetite, and if you’re tired of cooking, it can be tempting to reach for a sugary treat or settle for a bowl of cereal for dinner. This increases your risk of developing diabetes, and your immune system won’t be prepared to fight off illness and infection. Be sure to eat a well-balanced diet with lots of fresh vegetables and fruits, and stay away from eating too much sugar. Look for simple recipes, and cook a large dish that will last you for two or three meals. You won’t have to cook every day, but you will still enjoy the benefits of healthy food.
Get Enough Exercise
As you age, it can be difficult to maintain your energy levels, and you may lead a more sedentary lifestyle than you’re used to. As such, exercise is more important than ever as you maintain your independence during your golden years, so make sure you’re staying active whenever possible. You’ll improve your heart health, maintain a healthy weight, and strengthen your body, all while decreasing your risk of an accident or fall.
Of course, exercise doesn’t have to be strenuous or exhausting, and the most important thing is to make sure the exercises you choose match your specific needs and mobility. If you prefer to stay indoors to exercise, you can go for a walk in the mall, visit a museum, or follow a home stretching routine either online or on DVD or Blu-ray. You could even join a seniors swim class and socialize as you keep your body strong and healthy.
Downsizing to Promote Independence
Do you have a large house or yard that’s sapping all your energy? Downsizing to an independent living community is a great way to maintain your health and independence, as well as give yourself time to see your family and do the things you love. You’ll have a smaller space that’s much easier to maintain, and you’ll have all the benefits of living in a community. You can choose facilities that offer meals and join in activities like group walks or exercise classes. Some facilities are built near shopping centers to cut down on your transportation costs, and you can even enjoy the benefits of having a beauty salon in your community.
Choosing an Independent Living Community
Carefully research independent living communities in your area, and find the ones that perfectly match your needs and budget. Look for a community that offers the services you want at an affordable cost. Once you’ve narrowed down your options, tour your top choices, and be sure to ask a lot of questions. Ask a friend or family member to go with you and benefit from a second opinion. Take notes to remember the pros and cons of each community, and make the best decision for your future.
You want to enjoy your golden years in style, so be sure you’re eating well and exercising often. If you’re considering downsizing, carefully research independent communities and find the perfect community that will promote your health and wellness.