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Many seniors suffer from some form of depression. Reasons span from financial problems, loss of a spouse, health conditions, and the general blues that come with age. This is not to say that there aren't an abundance of seniors who actually are satisfied with their quality of life. If you want to know the secret to improving the quality of your life in your golden years, it's time you address your physical and mental health. Here's how.

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Exercise Regularly
It only takes about 30 minutes a day to reap the benefits of exercise, which include enhanced mobility and balance, improved mood, better sleep (if you exercise earlier in the day), and a reduction of disease and illnesses. Physical activity also increases your chances of staying independent longer in life.
Outdoor activities such as walking or cycling are coupled with the added benefit of mood- and bone-boosting vitamin D, but there are plenty of exercises that can be performed indoors, such as walking, swimming, stretching or exercising in the comfort of your own home. It only takes basic equipment such as a mat, light weights, and a resistance band coupled with an instructional video or an app to get the job done.
Tweak Your Diet 
Here's what's not going to change: the need to eat a well-balanced diet comprised of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein, whole grains, healthy fats, and limited sugar, alcohol, and junk — and if you're not already eating these things, now's the time to start. What should be altered is your portion sizes and caloric intake since one's metabolism slows and nutritional needs change with age. Determine your caloric needs based on your age and activity level so you can stay on track. While it's OK to treat yourself once in a while, don't fall into the "I'm older so I deserve it" trap or you may wind up with an expanding waistline and additional health problems.
Quality supplements are also important for your diet because they help you get the necessary vitamins and minerals. One supplement to consider is CBD, or cannabidiol. If chronic pain is holding you back from an active lifestyle, look into taking CBD oil. Many studies have shown that CBD can help reduce pain and inflammation, and many seniors have taken it for other purposes such as stress relief. Research online guides for the best CBD oils to help you decide which one to try.
Keep Busy
If you're retired, you might find yourself with extra time on your hands. Unfortunately, this can be a curse for some seniors as this is when social isolation, depression, and boredom kick in. This is the perfect time to pick up a few hobbies that can boost your physical and cognitive health. In fact, surveys suggest that people 60-plus are up for a challenge (think mountain climbing, dancing, and learning a new language) in their golden years. The possibilities are endless, but other examples include painting, woodworking, sewing, performing arts, scrapbooking, gardening, golfing and tennis.
Stay Social 
Social isolation occurs from lack of mobility, illness, or feeling lost after the passing of a spouse. While keeping busy is one way to help, bringing others into the fold can be all the more beneficial. There are several ways to network and make new friends, including local senior clubs and organizations, travel groups, singles’ clubs, volunteer opportunities, and social networking sites geared toward the senior set. While many seniors stay away from social media (and technology in general), it can actually help them stay more current while making it easier to stay in touch with family, share photos and videos, score online coupons and discounts, as well as share questions, concerns, and memories with like-minded individuals.
You should view your golden years as an opportunity to achieve vitality and improve your overall health. Pursue a more active lifestyle by sticking to a healthy exercise and diet regimen. Dabble in hobbies that keep you busy and provide meaning to you and others. Stay in touch with loved ones regularly to reduce social isolation. By keeping these tips in mind, you can enhance your quality of life.

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