Keeping Your Mind and Body HealthyFor seniors, regular exercise, proper nutrition, social activity, and intellectually stimulating activities can provide benefits which span from having healthier bodies with fewer visits to the doctor to being able to remain physically and mentally engaged with the world around them for many years to come.  Here are some methods of keeping your body and mind healthy throughout your senior years.

Physical Activity

The connection between being physically active and having good health is powerful.  People who maintain an exercise regimen find that they have lower stress and fewer medical issues than those who do not exercise.  Further, regular exercise has been shown to increase synaptic activity which can result in a person’s brain being healthier as they age.  Also, those who participate in daily walks or weekly physical activities often have lower cholesterol and blood pressure.  Before beginning an exercise program it is important to consult with your doctor in order to determine what activities will be safe and most beneficial for you.   However, in most cases, even ten minutes of daily exercise can produce significant health advantages.

Mental Activity

Many people achieve mental stimulation through their work.  Once they retire, their opportunities to engage in complex thinking may decrease.  However, keeping the mind active is vital to maintaining brain activity can protect against future brain cell loss.  Seniors looking to increase their mental activity could complete daily word or math puzzles, read books on different topics, take a class, or engage in crafting or art projects.  Identifying ways to keep your mind engaged will not only be good for your brain chemistry but also may turn out to be an enjoyable way to spend your time.

Social Activity

Social isolation can be a problem for seniors who do not live close to friends and family.  Additionally, when a person has mobility limitations, it can be difficult for them to leave their living environment.  Having ways to interact with others can help improve a person’s mood and assist in alleviating feelings of loneliness.   Further, increased social contact has been linked to lower incidences of dementia and longer life expectancy. Many communities have senior activity centers which offer a place for people to socialize, take classes, and get information about area services.  For those who reside in a facility, there may be group activities offered onsite and organizations which can come for visits.   Further, those restricted to their homes may be able to foster social contact by enrolling in area programs which provide visitor services.  By keeping social connections, seniors can improve their ability to mentally and physically thrive.


Nutritional health is important at any stage of life.  Aging individuals may be vulnerable to illness for a variety of reasons.  However, eating the right foods can support a healthy body and prevent illness.  By being mindful of the quality of the foods you eat and their nutritional value, you can do a great deal to improve and maintain your health.

Seniors have a number of ways they can take care of themselves and support their well-being.  We have experience helping seniors connect with resources which can assist them in reaching their self-care and health goals.  Please contact us online or by phone if we may be of other assistance.

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