Published On: Fri, Sep 2nd, 2022

Meeting Your Physical, Emotional and Social Wellness Goals?

Why Seniors Should Pursue A Complete Health Program, And How A Medicare Advantage Plan May Help

Whether you’re caring for yourself or a loved one, it’s important to know that a combination of physical, emotional and social wellness can contribute to overall health. Taking care of all three areas of wellness can become even more important with age. Physical, emotional and social wellness may lead to improved health outcomes, such as:     

  • Lower risk for diseases
  • Less symptoms of depression
  • Stronger immune system
  • Reduced risk for heart disease and related conditions
  • Longer life expectancy

The value of physical activity  

Physical ability may change with age. But seniors can take actions today to help maintain or improve physical health. Staying active can also help keep your mind sharp and improve your emotional well-being.

When you start to exercise, it can immediately have a positive impact on your health. With ongoing physical activity, you may experience:

  • Higher quality sleep
  • Less stress and anxiety
  • Enhanced cognition 
  • Healthier body weight based on height 
  • Increased bone health 
  • Lower risk of falls and fall-related injuries  
  • Lower risk of heart disease and stroke
  • Improved cholesterol levels
  • Lower risk of cancer and other diseases

The importance of emotional wellness

Emotional wellness is the ability to handle life’s stresses and adapt to changes. It plays a major role in overall health. Seniors and caregivers should make happiness and emotional wellness a priority. Maintaining or improving emotional health can help with: 

How social wellness impacts health

Social wellness includes your relationships and how you interact with others. It can have a powerful impact on overall well-being. According to Dr. Madeleine Rodriguez, Vice President of Health Services, CarePlus Health Plans, social wellness may:

  • Reduce risk of diseases. Seniors who socialize regularly may have a lower risk of developing conditions such as Alzheimer’s, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis and some cancers.
  • Reduce risk and symptoms of depression.
  • Strengthen the immune system.
  • Improve cardiovascular health. This includes regulating blood pressure and a reduced risk of heart disease.

Medicare Advantage plans may help seniors achieve total wellness

A Medicare Advantage plan may help seniors and other Medicare beneficiaries with their physical, emotional and social wellness goals. These plans provide essential medical coverage. But they may also offer exercise classes, nutrition programs, mental health assistance and social opportunities. 

CarePlus Health Plans takes a holistic approach to wellness for Florida Medicare beneficiaries. CarePlus works closely with a network of healthcare providers. Members have access to various programs that may help them with overall wellness goals. 

Members may choose to participate in the CarePlus Wellness Education Program. The Wellness Education Program provides information in a social setting meant to inspire them to live their healthiest lifestyle. All CarePlus members can also enjoy the SilverSneakers® fitness program at no additional cost.


Disclaimer

This information is provided for educational purposes only. It is not to be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Consult your healthcare provider if you have questions or concerns. South Florida, West Florida, Central Florida, and Atlantic Coast. CarePlus is an HMO plan with a Medicare contract. Enrollment in CarePlus depends on contract renewal. Every year, Medicare evaluates plans based on a 5-star rating system.

By Dr. Madeleine Rodriguez, Vice President of Health Services, CarePlus Health Plans

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