Most aging people just wish they could turn back the hands of time. In a sense, they can. Health outcomes can be improved by modifying lifestyle and aiming at aging more healthily after retirement. Medical science has progressed so much that it is quite possible to live well beyond our 3 score and 10.

Modifying your lifestyle

Modifying your lifestyle and addressing things such as dietary imbalances, managing stress, exercising more, and smoking less can all help with preventing a host of new medical expenses after retirement. For instance, smoking doubles the risk of a heart attack and the risk increases that much more if you’re a heavy smoker. It is never too late to benefit from stopping.

No-one can just shake the stress off and we all know that words such as ‘it will pass’ do little to help the stressed person. However, even in your senior years, stare the stress in the face and don’t keep avoiding it.

Deal with your stress because even small steps to achieve change can work to lighten the stress as time passes. Always treat yourself to little things within your budget – things that do not cause extra financial stress!

Healthcare in the healing process

Seniors need to be wholly well – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. After retirement, therefore, the older person has to access their healthcare plans and make sure they are still able to provide the right amount of cover.

Medical gap cover also needs to be assessed, and doing this will involve collaboration between a team of health experts. That is the beauty of – you can look at making changes during the enrolment period between October and December and study what options you have. You want to know, for instance, whether your personal doctor is still within the network.

Whether you are new to Medicare or you have Medicare supplement plans, Medisupps is your one-stop-shop for Medicare insurance and by enlisting their services, the burden of healthcare in the retirement years is never limited.

Don’t let costs interfere with health

Disease is not just one illness as such, and in fact, there are usually a number of interacting causes and contributing factors. For instance, obesity can lead to diabetes and arthritis. Arthritis and obesity both limit exercise capacity and this, in turn, affects cholesterol levels and blood pressure.

Our DNA can tell us quite a lot about our risk factors for certain diseases and genetic testing is becoming an important part of diagnosing and treating disease. The old saying that ‘prevention is better than cure’ definitely applies to healthcare in the retirement years and continuing with your medical care plans beyond the retirement years is more important than ever.

Weight loss and exercise ward off medical costs

Nobody in all the world is saying that in your Autumn years you should become miserable giving up all your favorite foods and nibbling on lettuce to lose weight. The idea is to simply limit your intake of foods that are rich in cholesterol.

Setting a few realistic and achievable goals for weight loss just by eating smaller portions and combining this with some regular physical activity is an essential part of a get-well-program.

Blood pressure increases with age and regular exercise helps to maintain healthy blood pressure. Also, keeping physically active and maintaining healthy body weight reduces the risk of falls and frailty. This in itself will mean having less medical expenses after retirement.

If you have been living a sedentary lifestyle, always start exercising for the first time at a low intensity. Even a small amount of weight loss at a safe rate by changing your food portions to healthier size ones are excellent lifestyle choices.

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