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Power of Active Aging – White Paper

December 22, 2015

It’s no secret that aging can bring its share of challenges. Our health, mental wellbeing, and physical capabilities can all deteriorate with age if we are not careful, but there is an answer.

Seniors who remain active as they age can avoid the most common obstacles associated with aging, improving their physical wellbeing as well as their mental acuity and stability. Physical and mental wellbeing aside, active seniors are much more likely to engage in a healthy lifestyle while being surrounded by caregivers, friends and their family.

What Is Active Aging?

According to the World Health Organization, Active aging is a phrase used to describe “the process of optimizing opportunities for health, participation and security in order to enhance quality of life as people age.” Leading an active lifestyle is more than just exercising, however. Instead, active aging includes being engaged in a range of activities that benefit one’s physical, mental and social wellbeing.

Daily activity is essential to assisting in the prevention and control of chronic health issues, and it is necessary for seniors to maintain overall healthy living.

Physical Wellbeing

According to information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 20 percent of individuals over the age of 65 engage in physical activity on a regular basis. What many seniors do not realize is that light, regular exercise is one of the best things you can do to better your health.

While some seniors may feel that they are unable to get the exercise they need, the truth is that a brisk walk around your senior living community may be all you need to help your muscles grow stronger and fight off future health problems. Always consult with your doctor or health professional before making changes to your lifestyle, ensuring that your daily exercise program is right for you.

Mental Wellbeing

Aside from its physical benefits, routine exercise has been found to help prevent rapid cognitive decline, depression and even anxiety. You don’t have to be a fitness fanatic to reap the mental health benefits of exercise either. Thirty minutes of moderate exercise five times a week may just be all you need to get your mind in the proper place.

Social Wellbeing

Many seniors battle with feelings of isolation, what they don’t recognize is that these feelings can pose a serious threat to their health. Being social can be just as effective as exercise regarding your overall health, and there is nowhere more filled with social activity than a senior living community. Senior communities engage residents in a variety of activities, helping them remain active, engaged and interested in their communities while promoting a healthier way of life.

Every senior deserves to make the most of his or her “golden” years. Discover all the opportunity that awaits you by taking a tour of one of the senior living communities from Concordia Lutheran Ministries. Our network of senior care programs and dedicated caregivers create a clean, comfortable and safe community that helps you live the retirement you have always dreamed of living. Call us today to schedule a tour of a Concordia senior living community in your area, and start living the life you’ve always wanted.

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