Making the best of your retirement means tending to your health as much as your 401K, IRA or stock portfolio, says Humana President and CEO Bruce Broussard.
Bruce recently wrote a blog post for CNBC.com about the importance of taking care of your health in advance of retirement. He noted that three in four Americans aged 65 and older have multiple chronic conditions
“When people reach retirement, they believe they can make up for decades of unhealthy behaviors — like sedentary lifestyles or poor eating habits — because they won’t be working as much and will have more time,” Bruce wrote. “While improving behavior will help at any stage, it won’t make up for years of unhealthy actions that have led to chronic conditions — from diabetes to heart disease.”
He said that having better habits now will pay big dividends later, and that the industry is evolving to make that easier.
“Technology is going to disrupt the health care experience, and it will enable us to have a highly detailed understanding of our core health numbers through advances in things like wearables, remote monitoring and electronic health records. But opening apps on your phone will only go so far,” he wrote. “Changing unhealthy behaviors starts with the individual. We all need to manage our health with the same vigilance we use for financial retirement planning. We should know our BMI numbers as well as our 401K balances.”