Simple Lifestyle Changes to Address Social Issues in Retirement
Social issues can have a significant impact on your life, health, and mental well being in retirement. Some of those issues can include feelings of isolation if you lose spouse and friends or by watching your adult children become more consumed by their own lives.
You may also experience frustration if you struggle to manage day-to-day activities of regular living while coping with and accepting the physical changes of aging. Frustration also occurs as a result of ongoing and increasing medical problems and the number of medications taken to control them.
Feelings of boredom and inadequacy may also arise because of separation from work and lack of routine activities. And, of course, there is often the financial stress resulting from the loss of regular income.
These feelings can have a negative impact on your overall health; however, addressing these issues early and making even small lifestyle changes can help prevent the psychological and psychosocial problems that may arise during your retirement years.
Lifestyle changes for a healthier retirement
A balanced diet and regular exercise are paramount in maintaining a healthy life for people of all ages––and can be especially beneficial in retirement. In fact, many diseases may be prevented or at least delayed as a result of a healthy lifestyle.
Simple lifestyle changes that can enhance your quality of life:
- Limit your alcohol intake.
- Quit smoking.
- Engage in routine and scheduled social activities.
- Take vacations.
- Participate in enjoyable activities that fit within your budget.
- Stay proactive in your own healthcare and participate in decision making.
- Follow recommendations for health screening, preventive tests, and vaccinations.
- Visit a dentist annually or biannually, and brush and floss once or twice a day.
- Use skin moisturizers and sun protection.
- Adhere to a routine sleep schedule.
Maintaining independence and living at home
Another big lifestyle issue for retirees is maintaining independence. Most of us would probably prefer to stay in our homes for as long as possible rather than moving to a nursing home.
Remaining in one’s home can boost feelings of independence and, therefore, happiness––and health. But, if you need additional support, it’s not always easy. In-home care costs can be expensive, depending on level of care needed.
Assisted-living residences are becoming increasingly popular, as is piecing together a health-care plan comprised of different providers. For example, you could look into setting up a weekly care schedule that includes family members (children and even grandchildren), home health aides, friends, and other resources. There are even companies that send caregivers into homes to provide non-medical services, from light housekeeping to companionship and moral support.
Overall, it’s important to determine your options and evaluate what will work best to help you maintain the independence you desire while balancing your financial resources