While the proliferation of nursing homes and assisted living centers continues to grow in Colorado, the desire for independent aging is also garnering more attention. Of course, there are a number of benefits to aging outside of a nursing home. The financial impact is undeniable and many elderly Californians (and their family members) probably prefer that they stay at home.
Of course, there are no guarantees when it comes to maintaining good health, but a recent study highlighted on pbs.com revealed several strategies that can help those going into their golden years avoid the need for a nursing home.
Staying mobile ”“ It goes without saying that daily exercise helps in preserving independence late in life, but not everyone wants to do exercise programs such as P90X or “Sweating to the Oldies.” But staying mobile increases the chances of getting such exercise, even if it consists of daily walking routines and light weight training.
Adopting a proper diet ”“ Again, eating healthy may be obvious, but what type of diet is best for maintaining independence? Researchers found that a Mediterranean-like diet was very helpful for maintaining good health.
Not smoking tobacco ”“ There are a bevy of health benefits that can be realized by not smoking. You are not likely to contract emphysema, develop lung cancer or heart disease; all of which can land you in a nursing home.
But as we alluded to earlier, there are no guarantees in life and a major injury or illness could lead to time in a nursing home. Because of this, care planning is an important aspect of estate planning, and an experienced attorney can help you understand the legal aspects of protecting your property.