Senior Independence Month
As many get older and enter different phases of their lives, maintaining their independence is quite important. The meaning of independence may differ from person to person, but being able to remain independent and live a fulfilling life is very empowering.
February is Senior Independence Month. This is a great time for seniors to celebrate their independence, but it’s also a good time to think ahead to ensure they can stay independent. Because of how important planning ahead can be, we wanted to share some tips seniors can use to enjoy their independence and stay safe.
Add Some Upgrades to Your Home
Making some safety upgrades to your home can help prevent injury and give your loved ones peace of mind.
First, handle any repairs you have yet to make, such as a loose railing.
With those repairs fixed, you can add new features that make getting around your home safely easy. For example, installing grab bars near your shower and toilet can aid in moving around.
For those dark hallways and corners in your home, a motion sensing light can be of great help in keeping you from tripping and falling.
Lastly, if you have limited mobility, you could add a stair lift to your home.
Clean and Organize
Decluttering your home can make it safer for you to move around, as your risk of running into something or tripping is reduced. Put any items away where they belong and ditch items you no longer need.
Then, you can organize your home. Finding a way to hide cords and wires reduces your risk of falling and makes your home look neater. You can also rearrange furniture to optimize your home’s space and aesthetic.
Decluttering and organizing your house is good for your body, as you get some physical activity. It’s also good for the mind, too — decluttering your life declutters your mind and helps you focus on what’s most important to you.
Get Active and Stay Healthy
Good health is one of the keys to independence. A healthy, strong body lowers your risk of injury and illness, boosts your energy levels, and improves your mood, among many other benefits.
Make sure to get some form of exercise every day. Incorporate cardio, resistance training, and stretching/flexibility work to keep your body limber and strong. Eat a healthy, balanced diet along with your exercise.
Lastly, don’t forget to schedule regular checkups with your doctor to ensure you’re healthy and catch any potential problems early.
Become More Acquainted with Technology
Technology seems to advance faster than ever. Learning how to use some new tech can help you stay independent and safe.
For example, learning how to use the newest tablets, computers, and smartphones makes it easy to stay in contact with friends and family.
Smartphones in particular have plenty of useful features such as GPS/navigation apps, the ability to put contacts on speed dial, and many even have built-in flashlights.
You can download apps on these devices to enhance your life in other ways, too. For example, health-tracking apps can help you keep up with your exercise and diet routines.
Some companies develop products specifically for seniors who are still adjust to new technology. These can be helpful for giving you the benefits of technology without confusing you.
Fulfill Your Emotional Needs
Physical health is important, but so is emotional health. Keep in regular contact with friends and family. Make time for socialization and trying new things as well.