As we get older, our health care needs change and often increase. However, there are many things that we can all do in order to maintain our overall health. Many small changes can make a big difference in preserving and maintaining our personal wellness.
To begin, let’s start with the basics such as keeping active. Whether a walk through the neighborhood or an afternoon swim, it’s important to do something that helps promote cardiovascular health. Not only will the physical activity help in maintaining a healthier weight, it can also reduce your risk of many illnesses, sharpen the mind and increase your chances of living longer. This, paired with a healthy diet, can prove to be a dynamic duo in maintaining your general wellness.
It’s also important to keep up-to-date with immunizations and standard health screenings. There are many preventative screenings available that can help in identifying or preventing numerous health concerns such as breast or prostate cancer. Immunizations are critical as well, and it is helpful to schedule checkups for your flu and pneumonia shots annually.
It’s also important to regularly schedule check-ups for dental, vision and hearing. We all have only one set of eyes, teeth and ears, and if we take care of them, they can last us a lifetime!
Besides our physical health, another added component to consider is also our mental health. Let’s be frank – aging can be stressful. However, that doesn’t mean that our golden years should be any less enjoyable! Physical activity can help one maintain a positive outlook, and maintaining your sense of purpose and staying connected to friends and family can improve your mental health.
Though there are many factors that can assist in maintaining our personal health, preventative care is highly important. This is a primary focus of the Total Care Model, a patient-centered health care model that provides a team of health care professionals working collaboratively to manage patients’ overall health.
Medicare Open Enrollment is an opportunity for you to explore the advantages of coordinated care and preventative health care with a Medicare Advantage plan. For more information on the advantages of preventative care, visit HCPNV.com/OpenEnrollment. Visit medicare.gov for more information on Medicare.