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Routine and Technology:
Practical Ways to Improve
Your Health as a Senior
By Katybeth Dee of Self Exam
Your golden years can be the best years of your life. Yes, your body will change, and with it, certain tasks may be more difficult to do at the level you once did them. But aging also comes with acquired wisdom, patience, and self-confidence that you lacked in your younger years.
To take full advantage of your life as a senior, it’s critical that you take care of yourself. This article will discuss two ways you can do that: routine and technology. Each of these can be applied to your everyday life to improve your health so that you thrive in your golden years.
Establishing a healthy routine is half the battle when it comes to living a fulfilling life. Just as some of your desires will likely change as you get older, so will your needs. With that in mind, here are some quick tips for establishing a good routine.
Schedule Your Checkups
Checkups become even more important in your golden years. So, be sure to go to your physician and optometrist for an annual exam, and go to your dentist every six months. Also, ask your doctor about any health screenings that could benefit you.
Review Your Insurance Coverage
Every year, review your insurance coverage to ensure your needs are being met. For example, many seniors find that an Aetna Medicare Advantage plan provides many services they need. If preventative care, dental, vision, and/or hearing coverage is something you require, check into these plans. While they will cost more up front, these plans can save you money in the long run. If you’re ready to switch your plan, be sure to enroll between October 15 and December 7.
Check Your Diet
Nutritional needs change with age. Generally speaking, seniors can benefit from a diet that centers around vegetables, fruits, lean meats, fish, eggs, nuts, and seeds. Also, be sure to monitor your sugar and sodium intake.
As with eating well, regular exercise is key for all age groups, but it becomes more essential during our golden years. So, find a physical activity that you enjoy (or, at least, don’t hate), and do it five or six times a week. Whether you walk, jog, hike, swim, or do any other kind of activity, try to do it for 30 minutes each workout day. Some seniors find it helpful to break their workouts into 10- or 15-minute segments throughout the day.
Technological innovation offers seniors a plethora of different benefits. One of the best ways to foster your health through tech is to get a smartwatch or fitness tracker. These devices can make it easy to monitor and manage your exercise routine and overall health. The Apple Watch Series 4, can detect when you fall, quickly connect you with emergency services, monitor your heart rate, and even generate an electrocardiogram (ECG). Another great fitness tracker to look at is the Fitbit Versa, which includes heart rate monitoring and guided workouts.
Along with getting a smartwatch or fitness tracker, there are apps for smartphones and tablets that can benefit your overall health and well-being as a senior. Here are a few to look into:
● Map My Run
● Elevate Brain Training
● Pill Monitor
● Words with Friends
Being proactive about your health and well-being is key to making your golden years your best years. So, be sure to make any necessary changes to your routine, such as going to checkups, switching your insurance, eating well and exercising. Also, look into technology that can help you manage your health, such as smartwatches, fitness trackers and apps. Take charge of your health now so that you can thrive in the years to come.
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New Jersey Foundation for Aging - promotes services that enable
older adults to live in the community of their choice with independence and dignity.
tips for seniors to manage money and avoid scams
Older Adults with Special Needs or Disabilities
Transportation and the ADA(Americans with Disabilities Act)
Safety at Home
Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia
Alzheimer's New Jersey- a wide range of services and resources for those with or caring for loved ones with Alzheimer's disease.
INT North Jersey - community-based, quality transportation service for seniors and adults with visual impairments.
GoGoGrandparent - Uber and Lyft without having to use a smart phone.
Ryde4Life - Affordable and flexible transportation for older adults
with Lyft and Uber throughout New Jersey
Zoom - Senior-friendly ride & shopping service serving Bergen County
AARP Driver Safety Online Course - potential saving on car insurance!
Senior Road Safety Guide - How to stay on the road as long and as safely as possible
Senior Road Safety - senior resources for road safety
SESCIL - Southeast Senior Center for Independent Living
Wide range of activities in Englewood
Senior Source - Socialization and educational programs at no cost; located in The Shops at Riverside in Hackensack, NJ (upper level, near Bloomingdale's).
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