Healthy Aging for Peace of Mind and a Healthy Body

Worried that your elderly loved one is not aging as healthy as they could be? Being active mentally, physically and socially is vital for a quality life especially at an advanced age. Here are few tips to stay active:

Mind

Our brain is inspired by daily activities including reading, writing and puzzle solving throughout our lives. Keeping the mind sharp and challenged drastically slows the onset of cognitive impairment such as memory loss. You may even take these activities for granted but as we age it becomes even more important to maintain that regular brain stimulation.

Here are some suggested mind stimulation activities:

•    Hobbies for better living: Quilting, photography, reading, writing letters or journal entries, painting, or playing word games

•    Learn a new language or learn to play a musical instrument

•    Tap into spirituality, including meditation, stress reduction, prayer or contemplation activities

Body

Eating a well-balanced and healthy diet is a crucial part of maintaining an active lifestyle. Once we start aging, it becomes harder to engage in daily activities like walking, sitting down or standing up without the help of someone. When you eat better, you feel better and will be more inclined to engage in physical activity. Give your body the fuel and nourishment it needs while also supplementing your healthy diet with some low impact physical activity such as:

•    Yoga

•    Stretching

•    Walking

•    Swimming

Social Activity

Another better way to be active is engaging in social interaction. Find ways to stay engaged in life through socialization opportunities, community involvement and interacting with others to find purposefulness in life. UMH suggests:

•    Joining a book club

•    Volunteering

•    Joining a fitness class

•    Choosing hobbies that are not always solitary

At United Methodist Homes, all of our communities maintain a wide variety of optional programs dedicated to keeping seniors active and strong. To find out more about healthy senior assisted living at United Methodist Homes visit http://www.umh-nj.org/.

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