Taking care of your health is important at every stage of life, but our bodies go through natural changes as we age. So, you need to be constantly adjusting your habits to promote optimal health at every age.
When you are both physically and mentally healthy, you are able to lead an active, fulfilling, and purposeful lifestyle. At Silver Comet Village, our approach to senior health is simple; we seek out a variety of activities that provide health benefits to all of our residents - mentally, socially, physically, and spiritually.
Our senior living community in Powder Springs, Georgia, takes the well-being of our residents very seriously. We strive to enhance the quality of life of those we serve by providing innovative programs, attentive and caring team members, and an active and engaging environment that helps individuals achieve the lifestyle they want with the peace of mind they deserve.
If you are looking for activities or exercises to improve your overall health and wellness, you have come to the right place. We are sharing how our team at Silver Comet Village promotes senior health and encourages our residents to lead an active, purposeful lifestyle.
Mental Health and Mindfulness
When talking about overall health and wellness, many people immediately think of physical health, but our mental health is equally as important as other areas.
Even though they are often overlooked or not considered a factor of “being healthy,” mental health activities are certainly critical to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. These activities are especially important as you age. Mental health exercises and activities contribute plenty of health benefits to seniors, including:
- Reducing feelings of stress and anxiety
- Sharpening reasoning and problem-solving skills
- Improving memory function
- Increasing feelings of confidence
- Improving cognitive functioning
From puzzles to reading books, you can do what you love and reap the benefits. The brain is a vital organ that needs to be exercised too.
To get more ideas for activities that help stimulate and exercise your brain, download our free guide, Activities to Promote Brain Health.
Practicing mindfulness is essential to improving your overall health and wellness. By reducing stress, clearing your mind, and staying present in the moment, you are able to focus your attention on the more important things in life. If you are new to practicing mindfulness and are finding it difficult to keep your mind focused, do not fret. Your mind will wander. It is called a practice for a reason.
Ideas for Practicing Mindfulness
Focus on Breathing
Whether you are consciously aware of it or not, you are breathing every moment of every day. This is why noticing and observing your breath is the perfect activity for grounding yourself to the present moment. Listen to the sound of your breath. Is it shallow or deep? Focus your attention on each inhale and exhale, growing calmer and more present with every cycle.
Take Note of Your Thoughts
For many people, journaling is a great way to clear their minds and refocus on the now. When you have worries, stresses, and a million thoughts racing around in your head, it can be challenging to stay anchored to the present. Grab a journal, notepad, or even a piece of scrap paper and scribble out whatever is on your mind. It does not have to make sense or even be about anything, but when you are done, you should find that your mind is clearer.
Observe Your Surroundings
It can be easy to coast through the day without really noticing what is going on around you, especially if you follow a strict routine. Practice mindfulness by taking a moment out of your busy schedule each day to observe your surroundings. Listen to the sound of the wind blowing through the trees and the birds chirping, take a deep breath of the fresh, crisp air, feel the sunlight warming your skin, and look at all the beauty around you.
Practice Active Listening
Many of us only half-listen when others are speaking. We are so focused on forming a response or thinking about something else entirely that we almost tune out the other person. The next time you talk to someone, check-in with yourself and observe if you are truly engaged in the conversation. If not, practice active listening and put your full attention toward what the other person is saying. By doing so, you will be more present, free your mind from your worries, and maybe even improve the quality and depth of your conversations, forming more meaningful relationships.
A Healthy Social Life
Social interactivity provides various health benefits to any age group, especially older adults. Joining a senior living community like Silver Comet Village in Powder Springs, Georgia, can offer health benefits for those looking to socialize and combat the adverse effects of social isolation.
According to Dr. Suzanne E. Salamon, associate chief for clinical geriatrics at Harvard-affiliated Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, "...helping to prevent memory loss, social engagement is very important. Talking and interacting with people takes energy and makes you work harder, which stimulates your brain." When you socialize with friends, family, and peers, you use your short-term memory. You have to remember what has already been said in the current conversation and formulate an appropriate response. This type of stimulation is great for improving cognitive functioning and preventing any decline.
Additional benefits of socialization for senior health include:
- Increased longevity
- Lowered risk of depression
- Reduced blood pressure
- Improved quality of life
- Providing a sense of purpose
- Increased physical activity
Older adults who live on their own are at a higher risk of becoming isolated and developing feelings of loneliness. Fortunately, being a part of a senior living community makes it easy for individuals to socialize. Residents do not have to rely on transportation to meet up with friends and neighbors and have easy access to support and assistance, creating more opportunities for meaningful socialization.
Silver Comet Village offers social activities ranging from book club to recipe-sharing and cooking club to crafts. We offer something for everyone, meeting many interests and enabling our residents to engage, connect, and enjoy their retirement years.
Physical Health and Exercise
It is common for people to attribute physical activity and exercise to having to spend hours in the gym, run long distances or for a long period of time, or play a high-intensity sport, but this is not the way it has to be!
The truth behind physical activities is that they do not have to be intense to provide health benefits and promote optimal senior health. A nice walk, easy stretching, a game of bocce ball, or even an afternoon of gardening can provide an array of health benefits.
Physical health is essential no matter what age you are, so don’t skip out. Taking care of your physical health can even help improve your mental health and your overall attitude. Furthermore, participating in regular physical activity can help you maintain your independence. When you use your muscles, coordination, and motor skills, they stay strong, enabling you to live life to the fullest.
Additional senior health benefits of regular physical activity include:
- Preventing chronic disease or illness
- Improved mental health and cognitive functioning
- Stronger bones
- Improved cardiovascular functioning
- Boosted immune system
- Improved gastrointestinal functioning
The goal of physical activity is to get moving, not overexert yourself. At Silver Comet Village, we recognize that every resident is unique and has their own set of preferences, interests, and abilities. Our senior living community in Powder Springs, Georgia, provides multiple and varying physical activities for our residents, providing them with the opportunity to be active each and every day.
Silver Comet Village is all about honoring the past, celebrating the present, and embracing the future. Your future could be here with us, creating your desired lifestyle and living the retirement you have earned within a tight-knit community that will make you feel supported and at home. Discover all that our senior living community in Powder Springs, Georgia, has to offer by contacting a member of our team today!
Updated: May 2021
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