Find out how you can have a great quality of life in your later years with planning, good habits and the right kind of support and care.
Most of us would love to live to a good age as long as our health remains in generally good shape. With bad health, a lot of people worry that their quality of life will degrade and so, the future can seem bleak. However, it is important to know that your later years can be of a very high quality, and you can enjoy a fulfilling life rich with laughter, new experiences and all the things you love.
Is there anything you can do to make this outcome more likely? Yes, lots in fact.
Take Care Of Your Health
Ageing and chronic disease is often seen as a definite part of the ageing process, and yet so much can be avoided with very basic changes. The nutritional needs of older people are different because of age. Statistics show that 1.3 million people over the age of 65 are malnourished. Taking care of what you eat is so important and can make a huge difference to your health. Exercise and mobility are also important, as the more active you are within your means, the more active you will stay. Mental health of course is another huge cause of the deterioration of the elderly. Statistics show that depression affects roughly 22% of men and 28% of women aged over the age of 65. Shockingly 85% of those suffering do not receive any help for their mental illness.
None of these issues have to spell out a dismal future. With the right help, elderly care, plans, research and support, these problems can be avoided, minimised or worked around. You can still have an excellent quality of life in later life with or without health issues.
The Right Care Is So Important
The right care and support is so important for anybody who wants the best possible later life. For some, doctors support and health care is all they will need for guidance and help staying healthy and having a really good quality of life. Along with friends and family supporting them too. If a person requires more support, there are more intensive care options available. Nursing homes and residential homes are there, but a lot of people would prefer not to leave their own home. Instead, homecare services provided by a live in care agency is a great choice, according to The Live-in Care Hub. With this kind of elderly care you get to stay in familiar surroundings, getting personal care and support along with help in the garden, with meals, pet care and more if you want it. The right care and support from a live in care agency and your health care team can enable you to have as independent a life as possible, and a life that you truly treasure.
It All Starts With A Care Assessment
Athough lots of planning and research is needed to get the right later life plan in place, the start of planning should be a care assessment. It is free to have and it will help you determine the level of care you need now, and the budget you need to make. If you’re planning before you need care, it could be worth speaking to an independent financial advisor with experience in later life financial planning. With the right information, care and support, you can have a high quality of life in your later years.