Just like you are working on your aging in place plan, you need to have a good plan to keep your whole self healthy so you can enjoy it! Following these simple (and oftentimes overlooked) tips can help you do just that.
Keep your mind active
The state of your mind will be the state of your body. Giving your mind a good workout every day is imperative for good health. Some examples of stimulating senior activities would be taking a class, attending a lecture, doing puzzles and reading.
Keep your body active
As with any age in life, taking care of your physical body is key to a long life. Walking, gardening, bowling, dancing and swimming provide great opportunities to keep in shape. Each can be performed at varying levels of exertion; just be careful not to overdo it.
Eat healthy, balanced meals
You know the old saying: Garbage in, garbage out. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, good oils, whole grains and low-fat proteins. Consult your physician or dietitian about supplement choices.
Being alone all the time isn’t good for anyone. Keep yourself socially active. Meet new people or attend group trips. Socializing helps you stay grounded, and is great for the mind and your outlook on life.
Keep tabs on your health
Make sure you keep up on recommended vaccinations for the flu and pneumonia. Visit your doctor regularly and get those checkups and screenings he/she recommends.