It’s a cliche, but it’s true. That birth year on your driver’s license is just a number. Whether you’re 25, 65, or somewhere north of that, living your best life boils down to good habits, a sensible lifestyle, and quality healthcare more than anything else.
From your Medicare dental plan to your approach to keeping your social calendar full, let’s take a look at a few simple ways you can get the most out of life.
Approach Medical Insurance the Right Way
We all understand that medical insurance is a sensible idea. But as you approach 65 and beyond, it becomes extra-important to make sure your coverage is there for you when you need it. After all, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, people over the age of 65 spend three times more on personal health care than those of working age.
Medicare dental plans — as well as coverage for vision, hearing, and pharmaceutical support — all place you in a strong position to maintain a healthy and happy lifestyle as you grow older. To learn more about the plans on offer and how they can support your continued health, take a look at the coverage options available to you through Medicare Advantage plans, otherwise known as Part C plans.
Eat Right and Stay Active
Another critical building block for staying healthy in older age is proper nutrition and adequate exercise. Many folks tend to assume that these are luxuries, but you can pursue both without expensive dietary supplements or a gym membership.
Looking for some ideas on how to pursue better nutrition? The U.S. Department of Agriculture website has you covered with a wealth of ideas on essential nutrition, dietary management of existing health conditions, and how to maintain a healthy weight without giving up the foods you love. And guess what? It’s free!
Then there’s the exercise part of the puzzle. Again, resources to get you started are free and abundant. The National Institute on Aging hosts this comprehensive blog on physical activities for seniors. There’s something suitable for all walks of life and activity levels.
Your Social Life is Precious. Nurture it!
According to the American Psychological Association, roughly 12 million older Americans live alone. While a wide range of services and technologies are there to help people age in place, one vital concern we all need to be aware of is loneliness. Social isolation is strongly correlated with depression, cognitive decline, and generally poor health.
A crucial part of staying happy and living your best life is to maintain your friendships, whether through keeping up face-to-face or taking advantage of the many ways we can keep in touch online these days.
And if you feel like your social life needs a shot in the arm, it’s never too late to build new friendships! Your local community center may offer a range of social activities, and there’s always the socializing website, Meetup, to turn to when you’re looking for a group with a specific hobby or interest.
Again, it’s free. So you officially have no excuses!
Living Life to the Full: Let’s Do This
Ultimately, age is just a number. We all want to be happy and healthy. We all want to face fun, new challenges for as long as humanly possible. With good Medicare dental and medical insurance, a sensible nutrition plan, and friends to keep you mentally and emotionally switched on, you have an excellent foundation for living your best life at any age.