Maintaining Health with Help from Technology

As a person ages, they become more susceptible to physical and mental health issues, making self-care, health insurance, and preventive screenings all the more important. Although you can’t slow the aging process, you can take steps to maintain health.

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Explore Your Healthcare Options

During the Medicare Open Enrollment Period, which runs from October 15 through December 7 each year, review your current healthcare coverage to decide if you need to make a switch to a different policy. Although many seniors opt for Original Medicare because it appears to be the most affordable choice, a Medicare Advantage plan may actually be more cost-efficient because of the long-term savings opportunities. For example, instead of paying 20 percent coinsurance for services or equipment like with Original Medicare, Medicare Advantage plans offer flat-rate copays, and sometimes those copays are $0. The Medicare Advantage plans offered by Aetna also feature preventative services and screenings at no cost and expanded prescription coverage, as well as dental, vision, and hearing benefits not offered by the Original plans. Some Medicare Advantage plans offer wellness programs and gym memberships, as well.

Get Some Help from Technology

To stay as healthy as possible, get plenty of sleep, reduce stress levels, eat right, and get regular exercise. Hundreds of health and fitness apps are available these days. You can use apps to track your diet, medication, exercise, and much more.

Before downloading more apps, make sure your smartphone is up to the task. If it’s time to upgrade your phone, consider the Samsung Galaxy S10. This top-of-the-line device features a super-fast processor, quick-charging capabilities, and durable Gorilla Glass on the front and back. If you are an Apple fan, the new iPhone 11 is a reliable choice too with its impressive camera, A13 Bionic processor, and extended battery life. If you are on a month-to-month data plan or your contract is about to expire, look for providers that offer unlimited talk and text, as well as deals that put money toward the purchase of a new phone.

When choosing apps, look for those that were designed with seniors in mind. SilverSneakers GO is a fitness app created just for older adults. It offers walking, strength, and flexibility programs that vary in length from four to 12 weeks and can be adapted to your specific fitness level. The app tracks your progress, delivers workout reminders, and even locates nearby fitness classes. If you find yourself slipping into poor eating habits, use an app like Fooducate to improve your diet and help meet your health goals.

According to the CDC, heart disease remains the leading cause of death for both men and women. Therefore, an app like Blood Pressure Companion can be a good choice, as it allows you to monitor, log, and chart your blood pressure readings and even share your data with your doctor. Cleveland Clinic research indicates more than half of adults over 65 complain of sleep problems. Illnesses, medications, poor sleep habits, and other factors can cause sleep issues for older people. If you are battling sleep problems, various apps can relax you, monitor sleep cycles, and help you achieve a better night's sleep.

No one can stop or turn back the hands of time. However, you can take care of yourself as you age and reduce the risk of certain health conditions. Arm yourself with the right healthcare plan, a balanced diet, a regular exercise regimen, and a smartphone full of apps to make your senior years as happy and healthy as they can be.

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