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You spent years working hard and saving so you could spend your retirement doing the things you want to do. Now that you’re living that dream, you can ensure you’ll be able to enjoy many years of retirement by staying healthy and allowing yourself to live independently for as long as you are able.

By staying fit (both mentally and physically) and suiting your home environment to your needs, you’ll be well on your way to the retirement you’ve always dreamed of. Americans who are currently age 65 are expected on average to live at least 18 more years, so there’s plenty of time to enjoy.

Here are a few ways to make your golden years more enjoyable:

  • Find exercise that works for you. If you are no longer able to do some of the high-impact workouts that you once could, think about lower impact but entertaining activities like bocce ball or shuffle board. Nordic walking, where walking poles are used to both take pressure off your legs and exercise your upper body, has also become a popular activity with both seniors and others seeking workout alternatives. Home exercise equipment like fan bikes and elliptical machines offered by retailers like Montgomery Ward can provide an easy way to stay in shape within the shelter of your home during the more inclement months of the year.
  • Take control of your health. Don’t wait for your doctor to tell you that something is wrong. By checking your blood pressure and cholesterol regularly, you can make sure you get the help you need in time if your numbers aren’t where they should be. Blood pressure monitors can be purchased for an affordable price from health stores or online at various health related websites.
  • Keep your mind sharp. By interacting with others through volunteering or weekly get-togethers like a social group or book club, you’ll keep your brain active and in good health.
  • Make your home fit you. As you age, you may need to make improvements to your home to make it more accessible for you. Everyone gets to an age where it’s harder to get around, so take making these improvements in stride, as it will help you stay in your home longer. Doing things like adding grab bars to showers and bathtubs to prevent falls or purchasing a lift chair that’s easy to get in and out of can make your home easier to live in. More information on lift chairs can be found at
  • Make your home safe. Adding home security features like motion lights or a security system can help you feel more secure in your home. It will also give your friends and relatives the peace of mind that you are safe when you are there. If you plan on doing a lot of traveling in retirement, a home security system will help ease your worries when you are away.