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Healthy Habits to Help Make the Most of Seniorhood

Healthy Habits to Help Make the Most of Seniorhood

Written by
Julia Merrill

Every week that passes edges you closer to what your parents and grandparents described as the golden years. Well, that spark of silver in your hair now suggests these days are on the horizon, and it’s time to start thinking about how you can double down on staying healthy, happy, and safe in your retirement years. Fortunately, there has never been a better time to be a senior than now. Between relatively affordable healthcare, smart technology, and access to health and fitness programs, you have all the tools at your disposal to break any potentially bad habits you are holding onto so that you can age on your own terms.

High-tech assistance

As a senior in the digital age, you have access to a host of smart technology to help you stick to your health and safety goals. A few of these include GPS shoes, automatic medication dispensers, and smart home security features, such as a connected doorbell. Angie’s List discusses these and more in a recent write-up of aging-in-place technology. Another important way technology can help is by making sure you always have access to emergency services. Your smart home hub can call 911 with a voice command while monitoring sensors can alert your family if you’re activities change so they can contact you if something doesn’t seem quite right.

Medicare made easy

If you have yet to sign up, you may be surprised to find out that Original Medicare is not your only option. Medicare.gov explains that a Medicare Advantage plan (MA) may be an ideal alternative depending on your needs. Medicare Advantage is a type of private insurance that takes the place of Original Medicare. Depending on the plan you select, you may have access to a broader range of coverage, including smoking cessation programs, at a more reasonable price than employer-sponsored health care.

Having access to health insurance is important as you age since you will need to see your doctor at least once per year for routine medical screening and vaccination. Northwest Primary Care explains that annual visits to your doctor can help you identify risk factors that might affect your health. Your doctor will likely discuss smoking, nutrition, and exercise. You may also undergo specific screenings for cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.

Diet and nutrition

Exercise is not just for teenage athletes. Everyone can benefit from physical activity. As you age, however, you may need to pay extra attention to your movements to reduce the chances of sustaining an exercise-related injury. As a general rule, adults need about 150 minutes of activity each week to stay healthy. This doesn’t have to happen all at once, and things like gardening and house cleaning count toward your time.

Similar to exercise, nutrition is key in keeping you healthy. Even if you are a young senior, it’s time to start thinking about how food can affect your body as you age. Making healthy food choices now will go a long way toward improving your health in years to come. Consider taking a cooking class or investing in delivered meals if you do not know how to balance your plate.

The point is that how you treat your body today affects your ability to remain independent tomorrow. From choosing a healthcare plan makes access to doctors and health screenings accessible to eating well and taking advantage of technology, every decision matters. Considering that life expectancy, despite having declined in recent years, remains pretty close to eight decades, even after you retire, you have many healthy years to look forward to … but you have to put in the effort.

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Julia Merrill has many years of experience in the medical field and runs the site BefriendYourDoc.org. Julia’s mission is to close the gap between medical providers and their patients, and aims to provide tips on finding the right medical care, health insurance, etc.

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…and just what is a “superfood” anyway?

Who wouldn’t want to believe in the concept of “superfoods”? The idea that the vast expanse of nature has secret nutritional resources that can easily help us with a number of ailments if only they can be discovered and harvested, is definitely enticing.

It certainly seems like we’ve just been blind to treasure troves of exotic berries, nuts, and grains when these popular superfoods were unknown to the West until now. Açaí berries, for example, only gained fame outside of Brazil within the last decade.

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7 Ways to Make No-Bake Energy Bites

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Energy bites are a great healthier treat, packed with protein thanks to a nut butter base, chia seeds and ground flax. They are sweet enough that you feel like you just had a treat, and filling enough to keep you going when you’re on empty.

Not only that but they are so convenient to grab on your way out the door.

Swaps in this no bake energy bite recipe:

  • honey and maple syrup are interchangeable
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  • if you don’t have coconut oil, try an extra tablespoon of nut butter
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Storing your no-bake energy bites:

  • Short term: Store in a sealed container in the fridge.  Your energy bites are good for a week or so.
  • Long term: Store in plastic bags in the freezer.  Freeze on a cookie sheet for one hour before transferring to a ziplock plastic bag in the freezer.  *Remove as much air as possible before sealing the bag*
  • To thaw: place in the fridge overnight

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