September is more than a month in which the weather gets colder and the children get back into their school routines. It also happens to be Healthy Aging month, a month that is dedicated to helping individuals attain and maintain a positive outlook about becoming older.
There is no time like the present to put pep in your step and try something new or different! You or your loved ones are seldom too old to add new things to your life that will not only make you feel healthier, but happier as well. Here are some tips that the Ace Personnel home care team in Vancouver, Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley, Surrey, and White Rock has compiled for the aging community on healthy aging.
1. Games and Mental Health
Geriatric researchers argue that playing games and puzzles with friends and family as past-time activities contribute to optimal mental health. If you have fallen out of a healthy routine, there is no time like the present to pick up the pace. Challenging yourself through regular brain games and puzzles can increase your chances of living a longer and more productive life.
2. Volunteering in the Community
Volunteering is a meaningful way to pass time because it gives you a feeling of accomplishment and is also a good way to give back to the community. From local schools to public libraries to community centres, there is always a need for volunteers to help around. Give them a call or look on their website online for additional information.
3. Stress Management
Stress is very much part of life regardless of how old you are. Everyone faces difficult situations and learn to overcome obstacles using stress management techniques that they have learned over the years. Although stress hormones provide energy and focus in the short term, too much stress in the long term is not good for you. Not only does stress throw your system off balance, but it has been known to link to many health problems (e.g., high blood pressure, heart disease, and weakened immune systems). Daily exercises (e.g., walks, bike rides, meditation, yoga) is a proven stress buster as it blocks the effects of aging and cortisol levels.
4. Stay Connected
One of the greatest challenges of aging is maintaining the support network. Career changes, retirement, illness, and moves out of the local area can all contribute to a senior’s inability to socialize and maintain social networks. Mobility issues may also limit the times in which the senior leaves the house, which in turn also minimizes their ability to socialize.
Despite the limitations noted above, it is important to break down the barriers and find ways to reach out and connect to others. Having an array of people you can turn to for company and support as you age is the best defence mechanism against loneliness, depression, disability, hardship, and loss. The best place to start the search is at the community centre. The local community centre may offer a few recreational programs for seniors at little or no cost.
5. Develop a Sleep Routine
It is a well known fact that you can go on longer without food than without sleep. Seniors need seven to nine hours of sleep per night, but often get much less. Lack of sleep is known to cause depression, irritability, increased fall risk, and memory problems. Recent geriatric studies suggest creating a regular schedule with a simple bedtime routine that is followed through on a daily basis. As well, it is important to keep the bedroom dark and noise-free, which means avoiding television or surfing the internet at least 1 hour before bed.
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