You are never too old to enrich your physical and emotional well-being; and staying active and engaged in life can help you maintain wellness over time. To encourage happy, healthy and productive golden years when older adults are able to pursue their hobbies and passions, consider these tips.
• Get an annual exam. Annual visits are critical for identifying potential health issues early, as well as maintaining a relationship with your primary care physician. During this visit, your doctor can establish a plan based on your age, gender and health status for the vaccinations and health screenings you need, such as mammograms, cholesterol screenings and colorectal cancer screenings.
• Take medications as prescribed. Your drugs were prescribed for a reason. It is important to adhere to your medication regime and take medications as prescribed. Some drugs can cause harmful interactions, so make sure your doctor knows everything you take, including over-the-counter drugs.
• Get some exercise. Regular exercise can help older adults stay independent and prevent many health problems that come with age.
• Have some fun. Be sure to make time for activities you enjoy and seek out others who also enjoy them. The social interaction is good for you. The key that unlocks all of this is maintaining your physical and emotional health and well-being through the years.