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Senior Living: 5 Ways to Improve Body and Mind

by Stacey Rossano on 7/23/15, 1:02 PM

The aging process frequently results in limitations to the activities that senior citizens can participate in, however it is the failure to adapt and make adjustments that can lead to depression and physical infirmity. The best way to keep senior citizens active and healthy is to focus on the five main ways to improve body and mind.

Improve senior body and mind

 

Regular Exercise

Seniors may not be able to run marathons or play sports like they used to, but there’s no reason why they can’t get regular exercise every day. A thirty-minute walk each afternoon will not only improve cardiovascular health, it will also result in enhanced endorphin activity that boosts the mood. Seniors that are not able to walk can often ride an exercise bike or swim. The main thing is to be active every day.

Healthy Diet

Aging adults who have lost a spouse, or those who can’t cook like they used to frequently under-eat, and some even suffer from malnutrition. Sometimes medications will interfere with appetite, and other times it’s the loss of socialization that can result in a diet that is lacking in nutrients. Ensuring an adequate amount of calories with a proper balance of protein, fat, and carbohydrate is essential for healthy living.

Quality Medical Care

Elderly people frequently see a number of specialists, but it’s essential that care is supervised by a primary physician who coordinates all treatment. This is particularly important because many seniors take multiple prescription drugs that  may interact. 

Frequent Socialization

The death of a spouse and the loss of friends can result can result in a shrinking social circle for senior citizens. In extreme cases, isolation can lead to depression. Aging adults should be encouraged to continue to make new friends through social clubs and senior centers.

Fun Hobbies

It’s often in the golden years that people pick up a new interest. Grandma Moses began painting in her late seventies when embroidery work began too painful. Encouraging senior citizens that it’s never too late to pick up a hobby keeps ambition alive and gives them something to look forward to every day.

Keeping a healthy body and mind is the best way to make the most of the twilight years. Make sure these five areas are covered to increase health, happiness, and longevity.

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