The focus for healthy aging is usually placed on good nutrition and moderate exercise, but mental and emotional wellness should also be priorities for older adults. A good place to start is by staying connected with friends, family, and neighbors. As we age, we tend to become more isolated. Isolation can lead to social anxiety, self-esteem issues, and depression. Interacting with others, be it volunteering, taking a class, participating in a club, or a spiritual group activity, makes you feel better. Here are some other ideas for seniors to stay engaged:
Stay informed about what’s going on around you. Educate yourself about current events and how they affect you.
Don’t unplug, plug in! Don’t become an old turtle withdrawing into your shell whenever you don’t understand the latest gadget! Technology isn’t likely to slow down, so find an adult education class in your community or try an online service like TechBoomers.com, and learn how to keep up.
Interact openly with your doctor. Make a list of questions and concerns to discuss at your next visit. Review your prescription medications and ask about alternative therapies that might enable you to reduce them. Report any changes you may be experiencing and ask about ways you can improve your overall health.
Modify your expectations. Don’t despair when routine activities pose new challenges. You might not be able to do all the things that you once did in your youth, but you can find new ways to enjoy life.
Get plenty of sleep. Sleep refreshes the body, mind, and spirit, but it can be evasive as we age. Aging causes sleep patterns to change, making it more difficult to fall asleep. Relaxation techniques like reading a book, listening to music, or drinking warm milk before bed can help.
Find the fun! Connect remotely* or personally with people you enjoy being around and who make you laugh.
Healthy Aging and Home Health:
Stay connected with your referral network throughout the month of September by promoting healthy aging.
Post about senior health and the benefits of home health for post-surgical rehabilitation on your social media outlets.
Host classes on elder-care throughout your community. Highlight your geriatric care management, post-acute care, chronic illness care, functional disability therapies, and palliative care.
Contact assisted living communities in your service area about helping their residents with limited mobility. Provide information on your physical and occupational therapy services and how they can help residents maintain their independence longer.
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