Staying active is essential for good health, and even more so for seniors. It is common that people worry about their senior loved ones, that they might feel alone and become inactive. A lack of mental stimulation has been known to increase the risk of developing conditions such as dementia and other chronic diseases.
Many seniors are at risk of becoming sedentary as they may be unaware of exercises that are suitable for them. This article shares with you how seniors can remain active from the comfort of home through maintaining their well-being in 3 key areas.
Active Ageing through Keeping Fit
A recent study conducted by researchers from the University of Bath found that exercising regularly benefits the immune system – even in isolation.
In the short term, exercise helps the immune system to find and fight against pathogens, and in the long term, exercising regularly helps slow down the changes that occur to the immune system during aging, thereby reducing the risk of infections.
It is recommended that seniors aim to achieve at least 150 minutes of exercise every week, all while practicing good hygiene. It is important to thoroughly wash hands following strenuous exercise. If the capacity for exercise is limited due to health concerns, some form of moving around is better than nothing.
Stay Sharp and Knowledgeable
To help the brain stay active and sharp, it needs to be stimulated. Seniors are highly encouraged to continuously acquire new skills and broaden their horizons. Simple activities such as puzzles can stimulate their minds and help them stay nimble.
Other such simple activities include jigsaw, sudoku puzzles, or any other simple games where seniors get to utilize their problem-solving abilities. Creative seniors may even wish to try out crafts or coloring books. Such activities invigorate minds and encourage youthfulness!
Maintain Social Connections
Another common concern seniors face is loneliness. The reduction in social interactions can lead to them feeling lonely and isolated from society. Loneliness has been known to be potentially linked to issues such as dementia and other chronic illnesses. It is therefore important to consistently check on mental health!
Simple activities like video calls can greatly improve the mood of seniors cooped up at home. Another alternative will be for seniors to live in a senior living community, such as the Conservatory At Alden Bridge. In such communities, seniors can continue to enjoy what they love to do, in the comfort of a safe and friendly community. There are also activities and events planned regularly so that seniors always have something to look forward to.
At Conservatory At Alden Bridge, we are committed to ensuring seniors enjoy their time in the community. You can even schedule a tour to see the location for yourself! You can also contact us by calling 832-843-9962. Our Senior Lifestyle Counselors will be more than happy to provide you with more information about the community and show you the reasons residents love Conservatory At Alden Bridge.