How to Improve Your Quality of Life: A Guide for Seniors

Updated: Oct 16, 2018

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As we get older, our minds and bodies tend to have trouble keeping up; we are more prone to illness, disease, and mental health disorders, as well as falls and injury. It’s imperative to take control of your quality of life and learn how to boost your physical and mental health, but where do you begin?

Fortunately, there are many simple things you can do to protect your health and get the most out of life, from making sure your home is safe and meets your needs to sticking to a diet and exercise regimen that will keep your bones, heart, and joints healthy. In doing so, you’ll likely find that you’re able to enjoy life more and reduce stress, anxiety, and unhappiness at the same time. Keeping your safety a priority will help reduce the risk of an accident and help you get the most out of your home for years to come.

Keep reading for some great tips on how to improve your quality of life.

Get Better Sleep

The way we sleep affects so many aspects of our lives; too little of it can lead to depression and other mental health disorders, while sleep that is of bad quality can leave you feeling run down and disoriented, which can lead to physical ailments or accidents. Create a good sleep routine that will help you get at least eight hours of solid rest by going to bed around the same time each night, investing in a good mattress, keeping the temperature controlled in your bedroom, and refraining from using smartphones, laptops, or tablets at least an hour before bedtime.

Modify Your Home

Home modifications that work well for seniors fall under three categories: safety, accessibility, and convenience. In order to make your home work for your needs, think about what you require now and what you might require five years from now. Will mobility be an issue? If you think you might need equipment, such as a wheelchair, take a look at the space in your kitchen and living room. Is it big enough? The bathroom can be given simple upgrades with a grab bar and seat in the shower, plus non-skid rubber mats to prevent falls. Door knobs can be replaced with easier-to-grasp handles. Go here for more great tips on how to make your home more accessible.

Get Outside

Getting outside into nature is one of the best ways to boost your physical and mental health because it allows you to get in a workout that’s also great for your memory and cognitive strength. Take daily walks at a local park, go for a swim, or head to the beach to do some yoga. Getting outside is a wonderful way to focus on all aspects of your health while enjoying some fresh air, which can also help you get a better quality of sleep.

Get Social

Spending time with friends and loved ones can have a profound effect on the way you feel, both mentally and physically, so find the best ways to get social. You might take up a new hobby that can be done in a class or with the people you enjoy spending time with, or join a group such as a book club, which will combine a social aspect with something you love.

Improving your quality of life can help you get more out of each day and enjoy every moment, but it can also help you focus on what matters most: your health. With reduced stress and anxiety and a better handle on your physical safety, you’ll be able to live life to the fullest each day.

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