May this post find you in good health with your Medicare coverage working properly.
This week, I read an article in the New York Times and it resonated:
“People get a big happiness boost from being with a romantic partner or friends but not from other people, like colleagues, children or acquaintances. Weather plays only a small role in happiness, except that people get a hearty mood boost on extraordinary days, such as those above 75 degrees and sunny. People are consistently happier when they are out in nature, particularly near a body of water, particularly when the scenery is beautiful.”
We shouldn’t expect to be happy all of the time, but we can make an effort to leverage activities that bring joy.
The article also stated, “the activities that make people happiest include sex, exercise and gardening.”
Hey everyone, it’s Karl with the Big 65 Medicare Insurance Services and I hope you are having a great week.
Today, I want to talk about preparing for a positive outcome if you end up in a skilled nursing facility.
If you have outpatient surgery or a hospital surgery, and the post follow up care requires time in a skilled nursing facility, make sure you plan for that in advance.
Know where you are going. Make sure you have a case manager set up as well as the name of a social worker. Accountability and having a plan of action in advance of visiting that skilled nursing facility will make a huge difference in the outcome and your return to the activities of daily living.
“Getting old ain’t for sissies,” that’s what my neighbor used to say.
The good news is there are many small things we can do daily to slow down the aging process.
Keep moving. Seven thousand steps or about 30 minutes of daily exercise seems to essential to staying healthy and aging well. A little bit of exercise daily goes a long way, we don’t need to go crazy working out.
Engage with others. Saying hello to others we encounter during daily errands or reconnecting with friends and family can provide a huge boost to our mental health and help us to enjoy life and to live longer.
Use your brain. Read books, listen to podcasts, do puzzles, try out a new recipe for jalapeno cornbread. Changing your routine and doing new things will improve your cognitive functioning and it could slow down the aging process.