By 2030, one in five US citizens will be 65 or older. Baby boomers are living longer than prior generations and most of the growing population will be using some form of Medicare for their health coverage. About 70 million Americans will be on Medicare which will cost the United States about $260 Billion dollars.
Older Americans will likely be dealing with both physical and mental health issues such as chronic illness, and cognitive decline. Aging increases the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, arthritis, cancer, and dementia. Mental challenges include depression and loneliness.
There are a number of ways to stay healthy and live the best life in the twilight of your years.
Routine checkups can help manage changes in your health as well as chronic illnesses.
Regular exercise and a healthy diet can improve the quality of life.
Make sure to get enough sleep.
Understand your health insurance options, such as Medicare or Medicaid, and which medical expenses you will be responsible for financially.
Keep a record of all your doctor’s visits, medications, and tests.
Stay hydrated because it improves brain function and energy levels.
Practice meditation and yoga to improve focus and memory which improves immune function.
Develop friendships, join groups, and take up hobbies to help to fight loneliness.
Socializing can help lower stress and improve cognitive function.
Keeping up with technology will help you stay connected with loved ones through video calls and social media platforms.