September is Healthy Aging Month

Today’s seniors are healthier than ever—as a group. Individual seniors though, may find that their health isn’t as good as it should be.

This September is Healthy Aging Month, a time to celebrate life and raise awareness for seniors’ physical and mental health. All adults should be interested in healthy aging, since we’re all actively aging every single day. The earlier you start adding healthy habits to your routine, the better health you’ll be in when you reach advanced years.

If you are experiencing health challenges, remember it’s never to late to “re-invent” yourself and try to improve your health. Even if you have a chronic condition such as diabetes, you can take steps to control the disease and improve your quality of life.

Here are some tips to maintain—or improve—your health as you age:

Get moving

Adding exercise or movement to your daily routine can make you feel better physically and emotionally. Some studies even show that being active on a regular basis can delay or prevent the onset of dementia. If you aren’t used to moving a lot, start by taking a daily stroll around the block. You can increase your distance and pace as you get used to walking more.

Here are some more ways you can add activity to your life:

  • Dance
  • Take the stairs
  • Bike ride
  • Swim

When someone has difficulty walking or is confined to a wheelchair, it’s equally important to stay active. If you or your loved ones are in that situation, speak with your doctor or physical therapist to find out the best exercises to do in a seated position.

Here are some articles from our blog archive about physical activity:

Aerobic Exercise can Delay or Reduce Alzheimer’s Disease

Ways for Seniors to Stay Active

What’s On Your Bucket List?

Enjoy the Great Outdoors—Safely!

Socialize

One of the quickest ways to deteriorate physically and mentally is to isolate yourself. People who live alone and don’t socialize regularly have a much higher chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia. Even at an assisted living community like Bridgeway Senior Living, people sometimes stick to themselves and rebuff any attempts at friendship. They might do this because they recently lost their spouse, or they’re unhappy about leaving their home.

Spending time with other people and building relationships is good for your emotional, mental, and even physical health. Don’t spend time in lonely isolation. If you’re feeling too tired or down to socialize, speak with your doctor. You may be suffering from depression, or another treatable disease.

Volunteering is a good way to maintain an active social life, and can even help you stay physically active. Check with your local aid organizations or church for volunteering opportunities.

Here are some articles from our blog archive about socializing:

Seniors Need to Socialize

Is a Continuum of Care Community Right for You

4 Secrets of With-it Seniors

Other ways to age well

The creators of Healthy Aging month, Healthy Aging Magazine, have some great tips to help you stay active and healthy into late life. Here are some of them:

To read the full article, click here: HealthyAging.net

 

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