The quality of life that we are having now is better when compared to the past, as we are living longer and longer these days. And together with this is a fact that more and more people want to be active, live longer compared before.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in their 2016 report, the population of the Americans aging 65 and older will be twice as the present number in the succeeding years and there will be over 70 million people within this age bracket in the United States alone.
There are many ways to have an active life even after retirement, and one of which is to travel. Travelling improves the different aspects of you that contribute to an overall healthy life. The following will elaborate on this claim.
1.It develops and increases cognitive health
As we age, our cognitive capability declines, and traveling to different places might hinder and stall this cognitive deterioration. This is because in traveling to different places, we get to meet different people, experience different cultures, norms, traditions, etc., and we get to engage in new routines in tour lives. These all create challenges in our minds that keep consistently stimulated with the activities and events that we experience in each travel.
When our brains are stimulated, this creates more neural pathways that help slow down the cognitive decline that most seniors experience.
2.It strengthens mood and mental health
The Transamerica Center of Retirement found out in their 2013 survey that 86 percent of the subjects admitted that traveling had improved their mood and overall perspective about life. These results can be backed up with some facts.
Senors typically have reduced interaction, less social life, and tedious routine in their lives, and traveling makes them steer away from all of these. Traveling can be a means for social interaction, and build relationships.
Seniors who have been consistently isolated will more likely to develop brain and mental-related disorders such as depression.
Also, other studies found out that traveling can help individuals develop their “spiritual aspects” that could help them gain more understanding of people, culture, beliefs, perspectives, and life in general.
3.Promotes physical health
Aside from the physiological benefits of having a positive outlook in life that traveling may induce to you, a study from the Framingham Heart found out that women who were able to travel only once in every six years are more likely to develop heart disease than to those who traveled more.
In the year 2000, another study on middle-aged men found similar results.
The results are more akin to the fact that traveling induces physical activities and movement as well as relaxation from the everyday stress and boring routine.
Of course, traveling needs to be safe and travelers have an obligation to secure themselves when they are traveling. When you have a chronic disease, it is highly recommended that you prepare your medication and other things that important when traveling. Also, you may want to avail of health insurance before you go to places you want to visit just to be sure .