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5 ways to stay independent in later life

Posted on 28/04/2017

As you get older, everyday tasks can become more difficult and there is a greater risk of injury and illness. However, staying as independent as possible can ensure that you remain in your own home as long as possible, and can help you to stay mentally and physically fit, which helps to lower your chance of certain ailments.

Here we look at the top 5 things you can do to help you stay independent:

Eat well  

This advice applies to anyone of any age! Eating a healthy diet is so important to maintaining good health as you get older. It doesn’t have to be complicated – make sure that you have plenty of fruit and vegetables, lean meat, not too much red meat or processed meats, healthy fats, fish, wholegrains and water. If cooking becomes difficult, then using a meal-delivery service is a good idea, as the benefits of a healthy diet are worth the outlay.  

Stay active

Alongside eating the right foods, keeping active is very important. You don’t have to run a marathon! Just a short walk to the shops each day can be of benefit. Going to exercise classes tailored for your age and ability is a good idea too, as it will encourage you to try new things, move more and meet other people at the same time.

Get out

Staying home all the time usually leads to a decline in independence over time. It’s important to get out and about as much as possible. If this becomes hard, then it is worth speaking to family or friends to see if you can arrange for someone to help you go to a community group, the shops or a walk.

Don’t shun technology

There are some great gadgets out there these days that can really help you to maintain your independence. There are home aids that can make it easier to get in the bath, up and down the stairs, help around the kitchen and more. Things like mobile phones and home phones are also available in adapted forms.

Home help

Getting hired help can help you to stay independent. If you can get people who can assist you in the tasks you find difficult, then you can concentrate on enjoying those tasks that you can do and that you enjoy. Consider a gardener, cook or cleaner, for example to help with daily tasks. If you need personal care or support, then you can hire a paid carer to come in and support you with whatever care needs you have.

Find out more about staying independent on our dedicated page.

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