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Steps to Healthier and Happier Aging

August 29, 2014

Agingin the right way is important to your mental, physical, and social health, and it should be treated as a fun and exciting adventure in your life. Here are some the things you can do as a senior citizen to live your life to the fullest.

Be Social

Focus on being social. Humans are designed to be social people who love and care for others. As we age, the opportunities for social interaction dwindle. No longer heading to the office or going out each day can decrease social opportunities that help the mind stay sharp. Staying social and active can help improve a senior’s overall health and add both happiness and, potentially, years to their life.

Improve Your Health with Physical Activity

Nearly 80 percent of seniors suffer from a chronic condition, making a healthy lifestyle and proper health care crucial for those over the age of 65. Promoting healthy lifestyle behaviors and improving overall health, most senior citizencenters provide exercise classes and other programs to help elderly people better care for themselves. Seniors that remain active with physical activity can experience significant health benefits, including the reduced risk of disease, maintaining a healthy level of blood pressure, improving stamina and controlling muscle or joint pain. Whether walking, gardening, aerobics or other types of physical activity, any senior can benefit from even the simplest type of physical activity.

Stay Mentally Strong

Another thing to do is focus on your mental health. Remaining mentally healthy allows you to stay joyful and happy. Do things to exercise your brain, including word games, puzzles, or finishing college. Exercising your mental health can help to prevent and combat memory loss and serious illnesses like dementia and Alzheimer’s. Senior care facilities and retirement centers often provide educational classes and other fun classes to help people challenge their brain. It is important to receive plenty of sleep to help your brain recharge.

Get Outside

A great way to enjoyaginggracefully is by going outside. Recent studies have proved the age-old theory about the benefits of the great outdoors, as nature has been found to improve both memory and attention. Senior facilities often have walking trails and other paths you can enjoy walking or riding a bicycle on. This is a great way to help you get plenty of Vitamin D, which helps to improve your mood.  Nature provides several opportunities for natural stress reducers, helping you to live a longer and happier life.

Concordia provides senior citizens with the opportunity to enjoy this chapter of their lives in one of their beautiful senior care facilities. Stressing the importance of senior healthand active living, Concordia offers a variety of care services from memory care to inpatient physical therapy, promoting healthy aging for seniors no matter what their needs. 

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