Healthy Aging – Physically, Mentally and Financially

September 19, 2012 § Leave a comment

The month of September brings a welcome relief from the hot summer days.  Cool breezes and colorful foliage appearing on the trees entice one to walk and bask in healthy fresh air.

September has also been designated as “Healthy Aging Month” with encouragement to seniors to renew their attitudes towards better eating, exercise, and mental stability.  With the nation’s senior population growing there is more focus on programs to help seniors remain healthy and active as they age physically, mentally and emotionally.

WebMD’s online magazine’s feature article by Matt McMillen focuses on the “September National Theme” with “tips to stay at your peak!”

1. Get moving – Exercise regularly to maintain a healthy body and brain.
2. Stay social – Take a class, volunteer, play games, see old friends, and make new ones.
3. Bulk up – Eat beans and other high-fiber foods for digestive and heart health.
4. Add some spice – Add herbs and spices to your meals if medications dull your taste buds.
5. Stay balanced – Practice yoga or tai chi to improve agility and prevent falls.
6. Take a hike – Brisk daily walks this September can bolster both your heart and lungs.
7. Sleep well – Talk to a sleep specialist if you don’t sleep soundly through the night.
8. Beat the blues – If you’ve been down for a while, see a doctor. Depression can be treated.
9. Don’t forget – To aid your memory, make lists, follow routines, slow down, and organize.

An article this month on the Mayo Clinic website titled “Healthy Retirement” states that:

“Most adults spend years looking forward to a healthy retirement.  Whether you’re still planning your retirement or you’re ready to make the change, there’s much you can do to ensure a healthy retirement.
Start by learning what to expect as you get older, from changes in muscle mass to vision and cardiovascular health.  After all, your dreams for a healthy retirement likely depend on good health.  Then consider ways to maintain a healthy retirement, from reducing your risk of falls and staying safe behind the wheel to improving your memory.

Another important aspect of healthy retirement is long term care.  Consider your options now – including type of long term care, as well as how to pay for it – to help prevent hasty decisions later. “

A new population of seniors and those nearing senior status are looking for some type of financial support to maintain their quality of life and pay for eldercare during their final years of life.  The need for some form of long term care will happen to 3 out of every 5 people.  Paying for this care can be devastating for those who are not prepared.

Planning for the final years of life by dovetailing government programs, with your assets and other funding sources is a vital, yet complicated necessity.  The National Care Planning Council‘s “Life Resource Planning System” relieves some of this burden by providing recommendations pertaining to any or all of the items below that may be important to your living out the rest of your life in dignity.

  • Identify government income and care support programs
  • Protect and preserve assets
  • Facilitate favorable outcomes for health, medical issues and final preparations
  • Maximize family and community support
  • Find the right living arrangements

Healthy aging – physically, mentally and financially – is a definite “can do” with all the resources available to seniors and a little planning for the future.  And, of course, consult an elder law attorney.  The Law Office of Dawn M. Weekly, PC is located in Sandwich, Illinois and focuses on elder law and Life Care Planning for clients.  The office may be reached by calling 815-570-2334.
   Every day of every week, Weekly Law is there for you.


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