Life is a series of learning opportunities and along the journey to retirement, you’ve likely learned quite a few lessons. One of the wonderful things about retirement is that it gives you the freedom to spend your time in virtually any way you’d like to, without being tied to a desk or spending 8 hours at an office.
Retirement is a wonderful time of life, but it may be difficult at the age we retire, to maintain our independence. We want to make sure you have all of the tools to retire in a comfortable, independent, and positive way. Below are just a few tips for maintaining your independence in retirement.
Take Steps to Prevent Falls
Along with aging, come changes in our bodies. One of those changes is an increase in the fragility of our bones. Unfortunately, a fall in a person over 65 can result in painful fractures or even broken bones. Nothing will ruin your ability to function independently than a physical setback to your body.
Take steps to prevent falls by being aware of your physical environment at all times. Consider installing motion sensor lights and railings in your home or place of residence to reduce the likelihood of falling due to tripping or losing your balance.
Balance is also something that becomes more difficult while we age, so take part in physical exercise, and balance and fitness programs offered through your community or retirement home.
Communicate with Family Members
As important as it is to maintain your independence, it is equally important to keep an open line of communication with your family members and those that care for you. The consistency of communication may even aid in your feeling of independence because your family or friends won’t be overly concerned about you if you’re communicating with them and being honest about your experiences. On that same token, be honest with your family members about your mental and physical health.
By maintaining open communication, you’ll create a support system that will be there just in case you need them.
Consider Your Physical and Mental Health
There is no more important time to be aware of your physical and mental wellbeing than in your older years. By living in an independent or assisted living community that has an around-the-clock staff to ensure your safety, you can rest easy that you’ll be taken care of if something goes wrong with your health. To lessen the likelihood of having a health issue, take care of your mind and body by participating in physical activity and adopting a nutritionally sound diet. Simple exercises like stretching can strengthen the muscles and tendons in the body, which in turn increases mobility and even improve stamina. Find the diet and exercise practice that suits you and your body and mind will thank you.
Be Aware of Potential Scams
In the age of the internet, it’s easy for scammers to get in contact with potential victims at any time. Be aware of anything that involves the transfer of money, goods, or information. If you’re unsure of something, err on the side of caution. In some cases, it may be a good idea to get a second or third opinion on a potential scammer. Familiarize yourself with the common scams that frequently happen to older adults. Many of these cases can be stopped before the scammer gets away with it. Just by being aware of the possible scams, you’ll be better equipped to recognize one if it occurs.
Our goal here at Walker Methodist is to improve the lives of older adults. We hope you’ll use these steps for a happy, and independent retirement. If you’re seeking an independent or assisted living community, use our free eBook as a guide.