There are many things that should be done to maintain health after 65, but many small things often go overlooked. Here are three of the most helpful tips.
By: Jessica Markam
As we age, our bodies experience changes that can impact our health for the rest of our lives. Women in particular experience extremely large changes, such as menopause. While these changes are natural and expected, they can be difficult to cope with and can require changes be made to your health and fitness programs or regiments to maintain a happy and healthy lifestyle.
There are many things that should be done to maintain health after 65, but many small things often go overlooked. Here are three of the most helpful, and often overlooked, small things you can do to maintain your health as you age.
Take Vitamin D and Other Supplements – As you age, your body will require that you supplement it with more vitamins to ensure that it runs as an efficient machine. Your body will also become frailer, meaning that the nutrients and vitamins you can supply it with will help you maintain good bone density, a well-running digestive system, as well as good heart health. Similarly, other aspects such as vision and strength will be improved as you provide good nutrients and vitamins to your body. Vitamin D in particular has been noted as one of the most important vitamins, helping the body absorb calcium and improving your mood as well.
Experiment with New Types of Exercise – It is inevitable that our bodies will slow down as we get older. Because of this, we may not be able to participate in physical activities that we once enjoyed. While there are many things that we can do throughout our lives, some activities may become too strenuous or dangerous for us to continue doing. It is a good idea to find new physical activities that we enjoy and that will provide us with the same exercise benefits as those activities we can no longer do. Low impact activities such as swimming and yoga are both great ways to get a great workout while minimizing damage to joints or risking an arthritis flare up. Similarly, cycling and rowing are also great low-impact cardiovascular workouts. If you are still able to participate in more strenuous activities, workout programs such as Crossfit are a great way to get a fast, powerful workout in and get the benefit of coaching from trainers who can ensure you are working out effectively and safely.
Invest in Health Insurance – As we get older, we will inevitably make more visits to the doctor’s office. With the modern miracle of medicine and advanced health screenings, we can live longer, healthier, and happier than ever before. While it is wonderful that we have access to these great medicinal resources, they also cost more than ever before. Because of this, it is a good idea to invest in health insurance that will help offset the cost of your treatment.
If you have any kind of illness or know that you will need to be treated regularly, health insurance will help you save money compared to paying for medical expenses out of pocket. Many people receive health insurance through their employers, but if you have retired you will need to purchase insurance on your own. If you are over the age of 65, you likely qualify to receive Medicare health insurance through the government. While this is a great health care option, there are still many areas that are left unpaid for. In order to protect against unexpected costs, insurance options such as Medicare supplemental insurance are available for purchase. Medicare supplemental insurance acts as a health insurance for those who are on Medicare and that need additional medical coverage. It will help pay for many things that Medicare won’t pay for, saving you money on your health costs.
Looking into different kinds of insurance is a great way to prevent any unexpected medical costs. Make sure that you are covered so that you can be proactive and go to your doctor for regular health screenings to catch any issues early on.
As we age, we have the opportunity to maintain our bodies and enjoy a life that was unimaginable 50 years ago. Be sure to provide yourself with the proper nutrition, exercise, and medical care needed to ensure that you are able to live a long and happy life. Aging can be a wonderful process, take time and put in effort to make sure that you have a comfortable and active senior life.
About the Author:
Jessica Markam writes content about senior health and insurance for Medicare Supplemental Insurance. When she isn’t working online, she enjoys the outdoors and is an avid hiker, mountain biker, and Crossfitter.