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6 Health Resolutions for Those Over 65

Posted by Melissa Hanes
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6 Health Resolutions for Those Over 65

The new year is in full swing, and many of us have set goals and resolutions to improve our health and well-being. For seniors, making health resolutions can be especially beneficial, helping to enhance their quality of life, maintain independence, and manage or prevent chronic conditions. Here are some health resolutions tailored for seniors that can lead to a healthier, more vibrant year ahead.

1. Stay Active

Physical activity is crucial at any age but becomes even more important as we grow older. Regular exercise can help seniors maintain their mobility, reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes, and improve mental health. Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity per week, such as walking, swimming, or cycling. Incorporating strength training exercises twice a week can also help maintain muscle mass and bone density, reducing the risk of falls and fractures.

2. Eat a Balanced Diet

Nutrition plays a key role in aging healthily. A balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy can help manage weight, provide essential nutrients, and reduce the risk of chronic diseases. Seniors should also ensure they’re getting enough fiber to aid digestion and prevent constipation, as well as calcium and vitamin D to support bone health. Staying hydrated is equally important, so make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day.

3. Prioritize Preventive Care

Preventive healthcare is critical for identifying and managing health issues before they become serious. Seniors should make sure to schedule regular check-ups with their healthcare provider, including screenings for vision, hearing, and dental exams. Staying up to date with vaccinations, such as the flu shot and the pneumonia vaccine, is also important to avoid preventable diseases.

4. Foster Social Connections

Social interaction is vital for mental and emotional health, helping to combat loneliness and depression, which are common among seniors. Make a resolution to stay connected with family and friends, whether it’s through regular visits, phone calls, or video chats. Joining clubs, groups, or classes can also offer opportunities to meet new people and engage in activities that interest you.

5. Focus on Mental Health

Mental health is just as important as physical health. Seniors should find activities that stimulate their minds, like reading, puzzles, or learning a new skill. Practicing mindfulness or meditation can also help manage stress and improve overall well-being. If feelings of anxiety or depression arise, it’s crucial to seek help from a healthcare professional.

6. Improve Sleep Quality

Good sleep is essential for health, yet many seniors struggle with sleep issues. Establishing a regular sleep schedule, creating a comfortable sleep environment, and avoiding stimulants like caffeine late in the day can help improve sleep quality. If sleep problems persist, consulting with a healthcare provider is recommended.

By adopting these health resolutions, now or any time during the year, seniors can improve their physical and mental health, leading to a more fulfilling and vibrant lifestyle. Remember, it’s never too late to make positive changes in your life, and small steps can lead to big improvements in your overall well-being.

Melissa Hanes //

I was born in Oklahoma and raised in Neosho, MO. My husband (Derek) and I have 6 children and 6 sweet grandchildren who we adore. It wasn’t until 2009 when I moved back to Oklahoma that I started my insurance career and developed a passion for educating seniors on their rights and options regarding Medicare. Over the last decade I’ve been helping this under served population by empowering them to make the best insurance decisions for their individual healthcare needs.

In 2019 I resigned my position as Sales Manager for one of the nation’s largest Medicare insurance carriers to join the amazing team at OKMedicareHelp. I provided support, training and mentorship to hundreds of independent insurance agents around the state of Oklahoma and gave them the tools they needed to make the right impact for Medicare beneficiaries. The experience I gained in my previous role gave me a unique look at how to help navigate the complexities of Medicare for both Medicare beneficiaries and agents alike.

I pride myself on operating with the highest integrity and having a heart to serve our local senior community. I would be honored to help you navigate the complexities of Medicare and be of service for all your insurance needs.

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