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Your Senior Years: A Chance to Take Control and Improve Quality of Life

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Healthy aging doesn’t happen by accident, it’s a conscious choice. Fortunately, when you have decades of life experience under your belt, you have many of the tools you need to drive your retirement in whatever direction you choose. If you are an active senior looking for tips on how to improve your quality of life, today’s post is for you.

Where You Live Matters

One of the most important decisions that you’ll make as a senior is where to live. When you choose Charter House, you’ll have access to a wellness center, full-service salon and spa, multiple dining venues, games and recreation, and, on the days you choose to slow down, a full library with more than 4000 books. Where you hang your proverbial hat is so important that the American Senior Housing Association even has a website full of nothing but senior living resources.

Do You Want To Work?

You’ve retired, but that doesn’t mean that you have to exit the workforce completely. If you want to stay busy and fulfilled, consider starting your own business. The benefits of doing so now are that you can start small, focus on your passion, and, potentially, leave a financial legacy for your children and grandchildren. If you have never been an entrepreneur before, spend some time researching the process. This includes forming a tax-advantageous business structure, such as an LLC. Depending on where you live, you may have different steps to take before LLC formation in Minnesota, so do your research. Then, look for a recruiter that can help you hire the exact right people to turn your post-career endeavors into a long-term success.

Hello, Hobbies

One of the best things about retirement is that you have the time to enjoy all the things you didn’t when you were busy raising your kids and supporting your family. As 60+Me explains, there are many things you can do now, including volunteering, sports, mentoring, and exercising to keep you busy and mentally and physically engaged. You can even start a hobby, like woodworking, drawing, cooking, or weightlifting. The possibilities are endless, and you are only bound by whatever limitations you impose on yourself.

Know Your Nutrition

Your senior years come with visible changes, like gray hair and wrinkles; however, there are a few more subtle ways your body changes. One, in particular, is your dietary needs. Your body may not be able to absorb nutrients as effectively, and, if you are a woman, you’ll likely experience bone loss. Now’s a great time to re-evaluate how you eat and focus on high-quality proteins and high-fiber foods.

Socially Savvy

Do you remember when your children were little, and you made friends with their friends’ parents? Or when you were in high school, you likely navigated toward the students that liked the same things as you did. No matter what season of life you were in, you’ve likely had friends that complemented it. Don’t change that now. Although, as Salmon Health acknowledges, opportunities to socialize are fewer these days, you need people now more than ever. Don’t be afraid to make friends with everyone you see. You never know who you might spark up a relationship with that will enhance your life in ways you could not imagine. Plus, you’ll have more people who can go on a last-minute road trip when you’re ready for an adventure.

Your entire life has built you up to this moment. Everything you’ve learned can help you make better decisions today so that you can truly enjoy your senior years. Take this wisdom to choose where you live well, start a business or hobby, or just make friends. Remember, it’s your life, and you are in full control to live it your way.

When you value your independence but no longer want the burden of maintaining a home, consider Charter House. As a full-service Continuing Care Community, you’ll have access to a full suite of lifestyle amenities that will help you live your best years on your terms.

– Millie Jones, SeniorWellnessInfo.com