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New Year’s Wellness Goals for Seniors

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New Year’s Wellness Goals for Seniors

Staying Healthy & Happy All 2023!

It's a new year, so it's time to set realistic wellness goals for yourself as you enter 2023. The new year is the perfect time to take control of your health — at ATRIO Health Plans, we have put together a roadmap to successful health in 2023!

Here are some tips and advice on best looking after yourself this year!

Visit the Doctor Regularly

First, staying up-to-date with your physical health appointments is essential. That includes regular checkups with your doctor or primary care provider, eye exams, and taking any prescribed medications that need to be refilled. Keeping your medical needs in order will help ensure that minor issues don't become major problems in the future – so make sure these appointments are prioritized!

You can also speak to your doctor about age-related tests you may need, such as a colonoscopy, yearly mammograms for women aged 65 and over, or a prostate cancer screening for men aged 50 and over.

Exercise, Exercise, Exercise!

Exercise should also be part of your 2023 wellness plan. Even if it's just a daily walk or an exercise class, staying active as you age is key to preventing and managing chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes. Plus, regular physical activity can help with mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and stress.

Try online workout classes throughout 2023 and level up from beginner to advanced. You can also look into local programs and courses in your community that are designed with seniors' needs in mind.

Of course, speaking to your provider before you begin any new fitness routine is vital. This way, you can ensure that the activities you participate in are safe and appropriate for your health needs.

Balance Your Diet

Additionally, ensuring good nutrition should be part of any well-rounded senior care plan. Eating healthy foods rich in essential vitamins and minerals will help keep your body strong and give you the energy needed for all life's activities.

Here are some of our favorite nutrient-rich snacks that will have you feeling healthy all of 2023:

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Seeds, nuts, and legumes
  • Whole grain bread and cereals
  • Low-fat dairy products, such as yogurt or cottage cheese

For special dietary needs or concerns, speak to your doctor for advice on what might be best for you. You can also consider adding supplements like omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, and calcium — depending on your individual needs — for further protection!

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Prioritize Mental Health & Socialization

Ensure you take time to focus on your mental and emotional health too. Regularly engaging in activities that give you joy — such as hobbies, reading, or spending time with friends — can reduce stress and help you stay positive throughout the year. And don't forget about self-care: making time to relax and do something enjoyable is just as important as any other form of wellness!

Also, look for activities to connect with other seniors in your community. This could be anything from joining a book club or gardening group to playing card games or volunteering in your area. Staying social is essential for seniors' health — not only does it help manage feelings of loneliness, but helps you keep your brain sharp.

Stay Hydrated All Day, Every Day

As we age, our bodies don't always give us the cues to drink water. That's why it is essential to stay hydrated all day, every day — and ensure easy access to water throughout the day.

Not only does having access to H20 throughout the day keep you hydrated and energized, but drinking plenty of fluids can help with digestion and circulation and even prevent constipation.

Moderate Alcohol & Tobacco Consumption

We understand that as we near our elder years, it can be tempting to enjoy an alcoholic beverage or a cigarette. However, consuming alcohol and smoking can severely affect your health as you age.

If you choose to drink, keep it in moderation and ensure you're staying within the recommended limits set by your doctor. As for tobacco: try substituting cigarettes with nicotine gum or patches, or speak to your doctor about quitting entirely.

Be Proactive in Preventing Infection

It's essential to be proactive in preventing infection by receiving immunizations for the flu, coronavirus, or other transmissible viruses. Make sure you get your annual flu shot and speak to your doctor about other preventative vaccines that might be recommended for seniors, such as shingles or pneumonia.

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Understand the Importance of Sleep & Rest

Finally, always remember the importance of sleep and rest! That means getting seven to eight hours per night (and taking naps throughout the day, when needed). Quality sleep helps your body to repair and restore itself — so don't forget to factor it into your wellness goals!

And when your body is feeling like it needs rest, make sure to listen to it and give yourself a break. This could mean taking time out of your day for meditation, walking in nature, or simply drinking tea and reading a novel.

Happy New Year from ATRIO Health Plans!

These are just a few tips for seniors looking to stay healthy this year. With the right plan in place, you can look forward to a 2023 full of good health and happiness!

Make your health a priority in 2023. With a balanced diet, regular exercise, and routine doctor visits — you'll be feeling your best all year! Happy 2023 from ATRIO Health Plans!