Friday, June 29, 2018

Ways Seniors Can Boost Their Social Life and Improve Mental Health

Tracey Clayton is  hosting today about a great topic on how to improve life for Seniors.

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Aging can be a challenging process, one that often leads to various health issues, which includes mental health. Memory loss, depression and dementia are just some of the common problems for the elderly, especially those who are disconnected from their social circle. Staying in touch with one’s family and friends can actually make things better, but fighting depression and mental decline doesn’t stop there. Fortunately, there are some ways for seniors to keep their minds sharp and healthy as they age.


Be on the move

Keeping fit and staying physically active can improve your health at any point in life, but especially so in older age. Physical exercise can improve circulation, which can consequently lower the risk of heart disease, hypertension or even stroke. Working out can boost your vitality, self-esteem and mood, leaving you optimistic and joyful. It also helps you sleep well, which is necessary for keeping a clear mind and renew your energy. If possible, opt for hiking with a group, since walking in nature and on uneven terrain can strengthen your immune system, improve your balance and allow you to stay social, which is very beneficial for your mental health. Other activities that are both physical and social include dancing classes or various exercise groups you can join, so talk to your GP and ask what the best type of exercise for you is.

Prevent mental disease

Just like physical activity helps maintain good physical health, mental activity does the same for your brain and mental health. Some of the biggest concerns regarding seniors’ mental health are the development of dementia and Alzheimer’s, both of which can disrupt your life, as well as the lives of those around you. In order to lower the risk of these diseases, you need to keep your brain active through various activities, including reading, solving puzzles, or playing logic games. Also, age shouldn’t stop you from learning new things, so take a language course or go to decoupage classes to improve your brain’s cognitive function. However, if you notice symptoms like memory loss, difficulty in communication and finding words, confusion, disorientation or loss of motor function, see your doctor and seek the best dementia care program you can find. It should include around-the-clock clinical support, with good staff to resident ratio and a place where there’s a lot of light and opportunities to spend time outdoors, as well as people you can socialize with.

Be surrounded by people

Staying in touch with your closest relatives and friends can have many benefits for your mental health. You can even use the latest technology to communicate with your loved ones, as well as to reconnect with some old friends from university, work or even childhood. Call on your family, friends and neighbors, invite them over for a cup of coffee, or organize a game night. Do your best to meet some new people, and not only those who are your age, but also younger people, to give you a fresh perspective on life. Volunteer, join clubs or visit different community events to be surrounded by people of similar interests to yours. Staying social can improve your mental capacity and state, which means that even the simplest activities, like having lunch with your family or going to the cinema with your friends can be beneficial for your brain.

Try new things

Trying new things can improve your intellectual and emotional function, so don’t run from new experiences, since they may be perceived as a workout for your mind. This is why you should consider traveling to new places, taking up a new hobby or two, or even just trying a new dish once a week. Signing up for a senior trip will allow you to explore new and interesting places, while meeting new people and possibly extending your circle of friends. Even changing your daily route to the grocery shop can help you maintain good mental health, which means that changing your scenery completely and learning about a new culture will definitely be beneficial, and not to mention fun. A healthy diet can add a lot to your mental health, so visit new restaurants with your friends from time to time and try some new and nutritious meals and desserts to stimulate your brain and improve your cognitive functioning. Also, relaxing and joyful activities, such as doing art projects, gardening, or even taking care of a pet can keep depression at bay, as well as challenge your brain and let you exercise it into being stronger and healthier.
Even though aging can be difficult, if you accept it as a natural process and decide to enjoy it, you can remain active and in good physical and mental shape well into your golden years.

About the author:
Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She’s passionate about fashion, home décor and healthy living. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”

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