Maintaining Functional Independence Through Your Senior Years

happy senior riding her electric scooterThroughout life, people are taught to do things on their own, and a person’s self-worth is tied to being an independent individual. Even as people age, the desire to be independent doesn’t diminish.

Seniors who maintain independence well through the years enjoy a sense of accomplishment and a greater sense of well-being. Here are some habits to incorporate and tools to consider going on living independently.

Utilise Mobility Aids

You must accept that your body is no longer what it used to be and that’s okay. Use tools and aids to keep you safe. A shower bench and a reacher, for example, can keep you safe from falls that can immediately send you to an assisted care facility. Also consider an electric scooter for the elderly so that you can continue to enjoy being out, running errands and visiting friends.

Exercise for the Body and Brain

Staying active both physically and mentally is a good way to ensure your independence. Stay fit by incorporating 30-minute physical activities into your daily routine. Mental activities are just as important, so be sure to find things that you enjoy working on and learning about. Find interactive forms of entertainment rather than passive forms like watching TV for hours on end.

Manage Arthritis

Most seniors will inevitably suffer from arthritis, but it’s not a life sentence to be spent indoors. Manage arthritis with daily warm baths. To increase the benefits of the warm water therapy, add Epsom salts to the bath water and soak in it once a week. This increases the magnesium levels in the body, which relaxes muscles, relieves stiffness and helps mineralise the bones.

You can preserve your independence well into your senior years by incorporating these simple habits and tools so you can maintain your quality of life and retain your dignity and sense of purpose.