Change can be intimidating, there’s no doubt about it! As we age, we get used to regular routines. Familiarity feels safe and is something we don’t feel ready to give up.
Let’s have a chat about the “good ole days”. Days were filled with crowded classroom activities, noisy team drills, family meals, movie dates, and sleepovers with friends spent whispering until 3 AM. Whether you prefer to be alone or are you thrive off a deep conversation, when we are younger, we are inevitably thrown into more social situations.
We’re always searching for new ways to improve our health and live a longer life. There are plenty of studies showing new diets to implement, exercises to try, and medications to incorporate into our daily lives. It sometimes gets a little overwhelming thinking about all the things we “should” be doing. But who would have thought that one of the ways to achieve this fuller life would be something as easy as simply being social? This is something we’ve done our whole lives and dare I say, it’s something we actually enjoy?!
Remember the days when we used to slay dragons, dance at the royal ball, or even raise a family of five with your best friend all from your backyard? As children, creativity seemed endless. There came a day though when we had to trade in our time machines and magic wands for due dates and business calls. That seems awfully sad, doesn’t it? Don’t fret just yet! Recent studies have shown that with aging, there is even more potential for creativity to foster and grow. What’s amazing is not only do we have enhanced creativity as we get older, but the benefits of this expressiveness become greater with age.
Winter is over and the sun is finally out! It’s time to pull ourselves out of the Winter doldrums and embrace all of the fun and excitement that Summer has to offer. We’ll all be getting outside more, and that includes our senior family members and neighbors. They’re just as happy about the great weather like everyone else and are looking forward to enjoyable outings under sunny skies. Whether you plan to spend some time with senior friends or family, or a senior yourself, we have some great ideas for senior-friendly outdoor activities.
When you picture someone doing yoga you might think of a young, thin woman standing on her head or doing some complicated pose that most of us would never even think of doing. However, yoga really is for everyone, and that includes seniors. There are many different kinds of yoga and nearly everyone can participate, regardless of mobility and flexibility. “Chair yoga” or yoga performed in a seated position on a chair, has become increasingly popular for seniors.
We tend to think about and focus on maintaining health as we age, with the assumption that health deteriorates as we get older. That is true in many ways. Normal memory loss, osteoarthritis, and cardiovascular disease are more common in seniors than in the younger population. But, you may not realize that aging has some surprising health-related perks.
It’s no secret that keeping physically active helps people to live longer, healthier lives. Exercise offers a long list of health benefits that include increased cardiovascular health, better balance and flexibility, and increased mental well-being. The key to staying physically active is to keep consistent and make sure that you are moving as much as possible, every single day.
As our parents and loved ones age, we are often faced with difficult questions of how to care for them and ensure that they have the absolute best quality of life. There are many living options for seniors, including residence at an assistant living facility. A move to assisted living has many benefits like safe and caring living environments, healthy meals, social opportunities, and healthy moves. The decision to move to assisted living may be complicated, but once it is decided, there are other considerations before your family member is comfortable in their new residence.
As adults, our lives are often a busy mix of family, jobs, paying bills, running errands, and trying to fit in time for some relaxation and enjoyment. Day to day we are constantly exposed to huge amounts of information — it comes to us on the television, our phones, tablets, computers, and endless sources. Life is more fast-paced than ever and it’s no wonder that we have to go great lengths not to forget things. We use reminders, from phone and tech to trusty paper sticky-notes. Still, we’re bound to forget things on occasion.