As we ascend into 2021, it’s time to think about fresh beginnings. Seniors should consider new goals to keep them mentally, emotionally, and physically healthy in the new year. Check out these five points to get started.
Seniors often become sedentary for various reasons; physical limitations and depression are often the culprits. Adding physical activity for at least two hours a week can work wonders for mental and emotional well-being. To keep seniors active, doctors may recommend water aerobics, walking when possible, or these simple and effective exercises for seniors. If physical limitations are a problem, skilled caregivers can help you set safe goals to keep you feeling healthier and happier.
Seniors often find themselves isolated. And unfortunately, loneliness and isolation have only increased due to the pandemic. Whether it’s in person or virtual, social interaction is essential. Find a local senior center and get involved in groups. Church can often be a source of excellent in-person and virtual activities for seniors. Find activities that provide interaction with others at least a few times weekly.
Seniors need to keep their brains active. Starting a routine that stimulates the brain helps keep the mind alert and functioning. Sudoku and crossword puzzles are good examples of daily activities that stimulate the brain and help prevent a decline in cognitive abilities.
Seniors can sometimes neglect healthy sleep habits. Not having the daily routine of a job or family to care for can lead to unhealthy sleep habits. Seniors should set a goal to be in bed at a regular time and wake regularly. Cutting back on caffeine and alcohol two to three hours before bedtime, exercising, and creating a routine can help get the sleep pattern established.
Seniors should set a goal to eat better and watch their diet to maintain their health. A healthy diet can help improve brain function, manage chronic illnesses, strengthen your immune system, and promote good muscle and bone health. Eating regular, well-balanced meals that meet dietary restrictions should be a daily goal. In-home caregivers can keep seniors accountable in making healthy food choices, which will keep them feeling their best.
The New Year is the perfect time for seniors to set goals for their health and well-being. Diet, exercise, physical and mental stimulation are important in aging gracefully and maintaining their lives for many more years.
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