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Getting Fit for Retirement

By Lauren Robison, 8:00 am on

An adequate retirement income requires long-term planning, with many individuals starting to make financial preparations as far as 35 years ahead of time. But when seniors have left their job on their last day, some have no real vision of what they’ll do. Having fewer responsibilities can become boring quickly, and can also significantly increase both physical and mental health risks for older adults. Preparing for retirement in these three other ways can pave the way to a long and healthy retirement for seniors.

Physical Activity

Retirement is the perfect opportunity to engage in increased physical activity. Phasing into an exercise program before retirement is preparation for the daily program you’ll have from day one of retirement. Exercise reduces the risk of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, depression and anxiety disorders. It also promotes additional strength, agility, balance and flexibility for daily activities, helping to reduce one’s overall risk of falls and injury.

Brain Exercises

Just about any kind of work keeps the brain busy and engaged. Without activity during retirement, the brain will get just as out of shape as the body. Preparation for mental activities for the time ahead is critical to reduce chances of depression and the onset of dementia. By working the brain more, a senior will have a larger mental capacity when age begins to affect the brain’s processes and abilities.

At Home Care Assistance of New Hampshire, we strongly encourage our senior clients to stay engaged mentally as much as possible, and have created a unique wellness program, The Cognitive Therapeutics Method. All of our caregivers are trained in this method, which uses fun and simulating brain games to promote mental acuity and cognitive vitality for longer. As the saying goes, use it or lose it!

Network Socially

Social and support networks become increasingly important with age. Strong social networks provide activities and structure for seniors when their days are no longer filled with work and family obligations. Being able to connect with others, share stories, and engage with peers is a great way for seniors to stay mentally active. Additionally, studies show that social seniors are generally happier individuals who experience increased health, with a lower risk for many common age-related conditions.
Retirement is the stage where people decide the kind of life they will live. Preparing for retirement physically, mentally and socially is up to them if they want it on their terms. If you or an aging parent or loved one need help at home with cooking, household chores or other daily activities during retirement, don’t hesitate to contact Home Care Assistance of New Hampshire today. We provide home care New Hampshire seniors trust, with flexible hourly and live-in care plans available. Find out how we can help you or a loved one by scheduling a complimentary consultation with a friendly Care Manager at 603-471-3004 today.