Living as an independent senior

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If your goal is to continue living as an independent senior, you’re not alone! While I’m here to help seniors find good homes to age in place or sell a home as they transition to assisted living, I’m also a huge advocate for helping seniors continue living in their home as long as that choice is in everyone’s best interest. Some of the best things you can do to continue living as an independent senior are very practical. Here are 6 of the most helpful tips I’ve read:

  1. Keep your bones healthy. Aging causes bones to become more brittle, which is why seniors are so prone to broken bones after falls. One of the best ways to keep your bones healthy is actually by regularly doing strength training exercises.
  2. Exercise your mind. Memory loss and decreased reflexes and senses are all part of aging. You can keep your mind sharp by doing brain training exercises and consciously learning how to do new things. Interaction with others is another wonderful way to keep your brain firing on all cylinders.
  3. Prioritize staying active. It’s difficult to want to workout on a regular basis, but continuing a regular exercise routine even as you age is important. It will protect you from falls by keeping your strength, balance, and flexibility in a good place. On top of that, you’ll be better able to manage your body weight and better metabolize any medications you need to take.
  4. Consciously choose good nutrition. Unfortunately, some age-related diseases can be traced back to poor nutrition. Start working with your doctor now to learn what diseases you may be susceptible to and what foods could help prevent those ailments. As a bonus, eating better will also help you keep your weight healthy. A simple place to start is introducing more fruits and vegetables into your daily diet.
  5. Learn how to manage stress. Time and again, it’s been proven that stress will cause us to age at a very quick rate. Implement practices now that help you manage stress well. Yoga, meditation, and other calming techniques are excellent practices to work into your life. As a side note, doctors at OHSU found that a regular yoga practice contributed to relieving painful symptoms of diseases like fibromyalgia and arthritis!
  6. Don’t discount the importance of prevention. Aging bodies are more prone to disease, meaning it’s a good idea to make sure you stay on top of normal health to-do’s like getting a flu shot, blood pressure screening, and mammograms.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so they say. And I certainly believe it’s true when it comes to be able to go on living as an independent senior! What are your favorite ways to continue staying healthy? How are you working now to achieve your goal of aging in place?

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