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Self Care Is Important for Older Adults

By Paul Rothbart


Upon reaching adulthood, people take on many responsibilities; earning enough money to support yourself -- and possibly a family, to boot -- is a major one. Hopefully, you can also provide a quality lifestyle. There are responsibilities to your various relationships and as a citizen of your community, state, and nation. 


Taking care of oneself is something else a responsible adult can do. For senior citizens, this becomes even more important. An aging body is usually more easily injured in an accident and more susceptible to illness. Cognitive decline is another cause for concern. Seniors can live happy and active lives by employing some self-care strategies.

Spend Time with People You Care About

Loneliness and isolation can be harmful to both your physical and mental health. After retiring, some people lose contact with family and friends and spend most of their time by themselves. One of the best ways for seniors to care for themselves is to regularly make plans to spend quality time with loved ones. Visit your adult children and grandchildren. Don't forget siblings and even your own parents. Getting together with friends is important too. Former co-workers, old military buddies, and people you just palled around with can lift your spirits and keep you happy, engaged, and mentally healthy. 

Take Up a Hobby

Retirement doesn't have to mean sitting around bored during those hours you would have been working. This is the perfect time to try things that you never had the time for. Hobbies can help keep your body healthy and your mind sharp. If you like working on cars or doing DIY projects around the house, you have a very useful way of spending time. Collecting things may add to your assets as well as provide fun. There are so many ways to occupy yourself, learn new things, and interact with others. Choose something that fascinates you and dive right in.

Seek Chiropractic Care

Medical professionals are important to everyone's health, and seeing them for regular checkups is an important part of self-care. For seniors, chiropractic care could be a very good addition. Chiropractors perform examinations and can find any subluxations or other problems in your back or joints and fix them with adjustments. This can ease any pain you may have and help you stay active. Many chiropractic patients also sleep better when making regular visits.

Every adult needs to practice self-care. This is certainly true of senior citizens. Try some of these tips and consider a visit to The Joint Chiropractic. You don't need an appointment. Seeing a chiropractor may be one of the best forms of self-care for you.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Covington, Ga.

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