January 9, 2024
aging wellness


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Don’t take chances with age. 

In the Caregiver's Starter Guide, we address this very thing in Chapters 3 and 4 on how family members need to take better care of themselves while they care for another. 

As seniors enter their golden years, the importance of prioritizing self-care becomes increasingly evident for both the seniors and their families. Aging brings about unique challenges and opportunities, and adopting a proactive approach to well-being is crucial for maintaining a high quality of life. 

Seniors:  no matter your age you can start getting healthier. The body is amazing at fixing itself! See Chapter 2 in the Super-Ager's Starter Guide for simple things you can do every day. You'll be amazed. 

Let’s outline 11 essential self-care practices that seniors should embrace to cultivate physical, mental, and emotional health.

Excellent Medical Care

Super-agers have a special bond with their physicians. This didn’t happen overnight. This is a trust they built over the years. They have access to their physician when they need them.  In many cases, their family also knows the doctor and considers them a personal friend. What many seniors do not realize is the best medicine is less medicine.  This means seniors and those who care for seniors take on the responsibility of great health. 

Prioritize Physical Health

The foundation of senior self-care lies in prioritizing physical health. Super-agers know that ultimately, they are responsible for their own aging. Regular exercise, tailored to individual abilities, is essential for maintaining mobility, strength, and balance. Activities such as walking, swimming, or gentle yoga contribute to cardiovascular health and can alleviate joint pain. Seniors should also focus on a well-balanced diet, ensuring they receive adequate nutrition to support overall health and prevent chronic illnesses.   

Foster Mental Stimulation

Cognitive health is a cornerstone of well-being, and seniors should engage in activities that foster mental stimulation. Reading, puzzles, and brain games help keep the mind sharp and reduce the risk of cognitive decline. Pursuing hobbies and learning new skills, whether it's painting, playing an instrument, or attending educational classes, contributes to mental agility and a sense of fulfillment.     

Establish a Sleep Routine

Quality sleep is often undervalued but plays a crucial role in overall health. Seniors should establish a consistent sleep routine, aiming for seven to nine hours of restful sleep each night. Creating a comfortable sleep environment, avoiding stimulants before bedtime, and practicing relaxation techniques can contribute to improved sleep quality.

Cultivate Social Connections

Nothing is more important than having friends and family to stimulate us. Many families have one member who cares for the senior. This is not enough stimulation for both senior and family members. It is why we see caregivers being told to get help.  It not only gives the caregivers a break, but it also fosters senior growth.

Maintaining social connections is vital for seniors' mental and emotional well-being. Actively participating in social activities, joining clubs, or volunteering not only combats feelings of loneliness but also fosters a sense of purpose and community. Building and maintaining strong social networks can significantly contribute to a positive outlook on life.

Embrace Emotional Well-being

Seniors should prioritize their emotional well-being by acknowledging and expressing their feelings. Engaging in activities that bringjoy, such as spending time with loved ones, pursuing hobbies, or practicing mindfulness and meditation, can help manage stress and promote emotional resilience. Seeking professional support when needed is a proactive step towards emotional well-being.

This is also called life balance.  It’s about both seniors and their families taking time to pace themselves, regenerate their energy, and get back to feeling good again. ·        

Regular Health Check-ups

Proactive health management involves regular check-ups and screenings. Seniors should schedule routine visits to their friendly family doctor every 3 months. They can monitor their overall health and catch potential issues early. Addressing health concerns promptly can prevent the development of more significant problems and contribute to a longer, healthier life.

Practice Medication Management

It’s a fact...sorry, but...

Seniors who are not on a lot of medications live longer. Sorry. It’s just the way it is. But aren’t medications good for us?

Look at it this way…seniors who do not take a lot of medications don’t need to.  They stay healthy and therefore do not need the meds. Those who are on over 10 medications have to consult with their doctor on how they can start to get off some of them by doing any of these 11 activities listed here.*

Many seniors manage chronic conditions with medications. Adhering to prescribed medication regimens, understanding potential interactions, and communicating openly with their pharmacist (another personal friend) are critical aspects of self-care. Seniors should take an active role in their medication management, seeking clarification when needed and reporting any side effects promptly.

Financial Wellness

Maintaining financial well-being is crucial for a stress-free retirement. Stress can age us quickly. Family members who care for seniors know this and try to give as little stress as possible to their senior.  They bring in others to help alleviate the stress.

Seniors should review their financial plans regularly, they have sufficient savings to cover healthcare expenses, unexpected costs, and an enjoyable lifestyle. Seeking advice from financial professionals can help optimize financial strategies and provide peace of mind.

Create a Supportive Environment

Creating a supportive living environment is essential for senior self-care. This includes ensuring home safety, making necessary modifications for accessibility, and surrounding oneself with a supportive network. Seniors should assess their living conditions regularly and make adjustments to enhance comfort and independence.

As caregivers, the support can come from phone calls, texts, and emails.  Facetime gives a lot of comfort and support to seniors, even when they cannot get out and about. Growing in popularity is the adult day center, where seniors are coming together, not to be “taken care of” but to socialize with card games, laughter, and lasting friendships.

Continual Learning and Adaptation

Embracing a mindset of continual learning and adaptation is fundamental for thriving in the senior years. As circumstances change, seniors should remain open to new experiences, technologies, and ways of thinking. This flexibility fosters resilience and empowers seniors to navigate the evolving landscape of aging with confidence.

Seniors also have a lot of knowledge to give. They can tutor high school and college students.  We often see super-agers doing this.  We wonder why they “work” but it is never “work to them.  They love sharing with others.

In conclusion, senior self-care is a holistic and proactive approach to maintaining well-being in the golden years. By prioritizing physical, mental, and emotional health, actively engaging with the community, and managing various aspects of life, seniors can enhance their overall quality of life.

This serves as a guide for seniors, but even more importantly for the family caregivers. Starting early is never too late.  As family members watch their seniors age, they can start to evaluate how they themselves want to age.

It is also encouraging to seniors to get this aging thing right so they can be an example to those who come after us. 

*Never just stop taking your medications. You have to always check with your doctor before starting or stopping any lifestyle changes or treatment plans. 

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    Hi, I'm Suzanne. My passion is creating working knowledge to well-informed, well-prepared seniors and their families so they may enjoy the later years with health, wealth, and happiness, I've helped over 10,000 patients, seniors and their famlies like yourselves do just that through my courses, eBooks, the Senior Freedom Club™, and in my physician assistant medical practice.


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