Technology Can Boost Senior Health
As submitted by guest blogger, Katybeth Dee, from SelfExam.org…Part One:
Technology has become a regular part of our daily lives. For some seniors, this is exciting, while others might find technology a little confusing or even intimidating. However, it’s important that you explore technology, as it can be a helpful tool in boosting your overall health and well-being.
Choosing the right health insurance plan
Every eight seconds, a senior becomes eligible to sign up for Medicare. This health insurance plan offered by the US government provides many older adults with comfortable coverage, but there are gaps that can take some by surprise. For those approaching 65 or considering Medicare, you can use technology to help make the right decision by taking these steps.
- Reviewing your digital chart to determine your healthcare needs so you can assess your Medicare options during Open Enrollment (October 15 through December 7).
- Researching your current medications and the cost you pay each month. You might save money by signing up for a Medicare Advantage Plan, which often provides additional coverage for prescriptions, dental, vision, and wellness programs.
- Comparing your options by using online calculators to determine which provider’s Medicare plan will cover everything you want at a price you can afford.
Take advantage of technology when it comes to navigating the confusing world of insurance plans.
Making exercise easy and affordable
No matter your age or health conditions, exercise is good for everyone. This is especially true for seniors, who are at risk of obesity, brittle bones, muscular degeneration, and heart disease. Seniors can make exercise a part of their daily routine by using technology.
- Download apps you can use on your phone or tablet to practice yoga, aerobics, or strength-training. You can choose areas to focus on, set specific lengths
- Track fitness performance with a FitBit, Garmin, Apple Watch, or other wearable smart devices. You can compete against friends for steps, which encourages walking, or track your weight so you can work on healthier eating habits.
- Play fitness games on video game consoles like the Wii, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Games like EA Sports Active, The Biggest Loser, and Wii Fit Plus will keep you moving while also having fun.
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