SENIOR LIVING FOR A HEALTHY BODY AND HAPPY MIND
“Health is wealth” – how many times have we heard this but not paid attention to its message? As senior citizens going into the second innings of our lives, it is essential that we take care of ourselves, as we have always taken care of others around us.
According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), almost 50% senior citizens report health issues that can be avoided with a good lifestyle, conscious diet practices and steps towards preventive healthcare.
It’s time for you to focus on yourself – especially in times when health and its safety is an essential priority. Senior citizens make a substantially large demographic of our society, and we believe it’s very important/essential to take care of them and give them a good life – one that is full of care and happiness.
Here’s a list of things senior citizens can do to make sure they’re healthy while they enjoy the most carefree innings of their lives:
1. STAY PHYSICALLY ACTIVE FOR A HAPPY BODY AND MIND
Keeping physically active can help offset many of the effects of aging. Exercising regularly can improve balance, keep you mobile, improve mood and energy levels by reducing feelings of anxiety and depression, and contribute to better cognitive functioning. It’s an important part of managing chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, breast and colon cancer, and osteoporosis. Exercising with friends or family also keeps you socially active so you have workout buddies who keep you motivated. Spend time with people who make you feel upbeat, enjoying activities like badminton, tennis, senior friendly gyms, walks and even swimming. Happy, healthy seniors contribute more to their health. Many diseases in seniors may be prevented or slowed down as a result of a healthy lifestyle.
2. FOCUS ON PREVENTION
According to the CDC, the leading cause of death in senior citizens is cardiovascular diseases and respiratory diseases. Prevention helps keep any health crises in check. Prevention cutting edge technology and Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the future of healthcare. These smart devices use AI and big data analytics to detect any emergencies well in time and address them better. Preventive care visits, including health screenings for cholesterol levels, colon cancer, heart problems and more can help combat this. Seniors also need to keep revisiting their doctor to evaluate the effectiveness of the medicines they have been prescribed.
3. MAINTAIN A GOOD DIET
Eat well. Combined with physical activity, eating nutritious foods in the right amounts can help keep you healthy. Many illnesses, such as heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and osteoporosis can be prevented or controlled with dietary changes and exercise. Calcium and vitamin D supplements can help women prevent osteoporosis.
Having easy access to good quality food and nutrition made specifically to meet your nutritional needs, can make you feel happier, more energetic and more positive.
4. STAY OPTIMISTIC
Positive thinking can be a powerful friend. When you choose to be optimistic and grateful, your mind and body respond in kind. People with a rosier outlook live longer and have fewer heart attacks and depression than more negative people. Positive emotions may even lower virus counts in people. You can learn to be optimistic. It just takes time and practice. Things you can do include:
Reframe. Spin your thoughts to the good things instead of dwelling on the bad.
Keep a notebook in which you write all the things you are thankful for.
Do good things for others.
Surround yourself with people who boost your spirits.
5. STAY SOCIALLY ACTIVE
Making the effort to interact with family and friends can have numerous benefits for your health. Individuals above 65 years who reported higher levels of social activity were more likely to experience more positive moods, fewer negative feelings, and higher levels of physical activity.
Living in a community complex where there are ample opportunities to socialize and talk to people can be very beneficial – helping seniors stay motivated and enjoy their lives. The meaning and purpose you find in helping others with your rich experience will enrich and expand your life. Community contribution can also be a great way of utilizing and passing on the skills you honed in during your expansive and rich careers. Spend time with people you enjoy and who make you feel upbeat.
At Rejoice, we know the importance of good nutrition, active and preventive healthcare as well as the value of community living and rich interactions. Rejoice facilitates deep, valuable bonds with community living and activities to keep you fit and positive! Come experience joy at Rejoice!