Q: I want to maintain my independence as I age. Any tips?

A: Maintaining your independence with age is a very worthy goal. Luckily, there are many things an individual can do to support their autonomy and well-being in later years. Here are my 12 Tips!

~Stay Physically Active: Regular exercise not only keeps the body strong, but also helps maintain balance, flexibility, and mobility. This reduces the risk of falls and injuries, which can significantly impact independence.

~Healthy Diet: Eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains supports overall health and can prevent (or manage) conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity. Good nutrition also contributes to energy levels and cognitive function.

~Regular Health Check-ups: Scheduled visits with healthcare providers can help detect/manage health issues early, preventing them from becoming independence-limiting.I I

~Mental Stimulation: Brain-stimulating activities like puzzles, reading, or learning new skills helps keep the mind sharp and reduces the risk of cognitive decline.

~Social Connections: Maintaining relationships with friends, family, and community members provides emotional support, reduces loneliness and is a source of practical assistance when needed.

~Financial Planning: Managing finances wisely can help with stability and independence in later years. Saving/investing for retirement, creating a budget and considering long-term care insurance all contribute to successful aging.

~Home Safety Modifications: Changes to your home, such as installing grab bars in the bathroom, improving lighting, or removing trip hazards can enhance safety, for comfortable aging in place.

~Technology and Assistive Devices: Various devices can help compensate for physical or cognitive limitations. Medical alert systems, mobility aids or home automation tools can make daily tasks easier.

~Advance Care Planning: Directives for end-of-life care preferences ensures that individuals maintain control over their healthcare decisions, should they become unable to communicate them.

~Community Resources: Accessing community resources such as transportation services, meal delivery programs and senior centers can provide practical assistance and social connections.

~Stay Active and Engaged: Pursuing hobbies, interests and activities that bring you joy and fulfillment will promote a sense of purpose and overall well-being.

~Accepting Help When Needed: Recognizing when you need help– and then accepting it from others can keep minor challenges from escalating into big issues.

Implementing these strategies proactively will help you live a fulfilling and autonomous life for as long as possible. For more, call One Senior Place in Viera at 321-751-6771 to talk with an Aging Services Expert or to schedule a free 30-minute consultation with me.



One Senior Place is a marketplace for resources and provider of information, advice, care and on-site services for seniors and their families. Questions for this column are answered by professionals in nursing, social work, care management and in-home care. Send questions to, call 321-751-6771 or visit One Senior Place, The Experts in Aging. Lisa Conway is a Registered Nurse, Certified Dementia Practitioner and a Certified Care Manager for Senior Partner Care Services, Viera. Ms. Conway hosts a monthly seminar, ‘Senior Health Friday with Nurse Lisa.’