4 Tips for Living Well in Senior Care
As an increasing percentage of the United States population ages, more and more seniors are moving into senior care. Living well in senior care has become much easier to do with the implementation of various classes, activities, and wellness opportunities in senior living communities. Part of a holistic lifestyle includes your physical health and your emotional and mental health, as well as a spiritual component.
Why Are Health and Wellness Important?
Eating well and exercising consistently allow for the overall strength and well-being of your body, mind, and spirit, which can help you live longer. Both improve gut and mind health as well. And they can also lower the risks of chronic illnesses and diseases like:
- Cystic fibrosis
- High blood pressure
- Mood disorders such as schizophrenia, bipolar, and depression
Many senior living communities are setting up support groups and classes that enable residents to live well in senior care, experience new things, and thrive among their peers. Hundreds of studies have been conducted about the myriad benefits of an active, engaged, and balanced lifestyle. Now, more than ever, these benefits need to be experienced by residents. Here are four tips for living well in senior care.
1. Exercise and Nutrition
Eating well and exercising consistently lead to a healthier, more balanced life. Science has shown for decades now, that when we take care of our bodies, they take care of us. Having a routine in place—or even better, workout companions—will keep you going strong. Supplementing a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and legumes with vitamins will help you stay in your healthiest shape.
2. Social Interaction
In addition to finding a workout or accountability buddy, seniors benefit greatly from social interaction and planned social activities. One is never too old to learn something new or discover a new hobby. Senior communities usually have full calendars of events that are designed to support planned social activities and outings as a group.
Active residents can independently participate in numerous activities that are designed to encourage fellowship, connection, and engagement. Lastly, social interaction can help dementia and memory care patients boost brain stimulation and self-esteem.
3. Learning for Lifelong Health
In addition to picking up a new hobby, seniors can join adult classes where they can select an educational plan from many topics, such as creative writing, literature, art, or history, in addition to book clubs and chess. Sometimes there are even cooking classes from chefs to help keep fingers nibble and hands dexterous.
4. Opportunities to Volunteer
There are numerous rewards that come from being a volunteer, and if you have the time to participate in doing so, there are many individuals who can benefit from purposeful and intentional actions such as this. Whether it’s a soup kitchen or helping students with homework in after-school groups, there is always a way for someone to share their time, energy, or expertise.
At Solterra Senior Living, there is always something for everyone. Call us today to set up a tour of our community and find out how we’re helping seniors of all ages live their best lives.