The Importance of Senior Wellness

It is not surprising that having good health during our senior years usually means being able to participate in a variety of enjoyable activities such as spending time with family and friends.  It can also mean being able to remain physically and mentally healthy.  For older adults prioritizing wellness through routine exercise, positive nutrition, social activity and intellectual pursuits can have a multitude of benefits.

According to the National Council on Aging (NCOA) issues such as chronic disease, mental health, and falls can negatively impact the quality of life for older adults.  One way to prevent illness and injury is to remain physically active.  Those individuals who engage in a routine fitness program can find that they have better mental, cardiovascular, skeletal, and joint health as well as lower blood pressure and cholesterol.  Further, those who have health challenges may be able to prevent future complications and support their recovery and wellness through physician-approved physical activity.

Remaining active is not limited to physical fitness. Seniors who keep their minds active can also prevent brain cell loss.  Doing a daily puzzle, craft, or reading can increase mental activity and stimulation.  Having regular games or tasks can also promote feelings of contentment and satisfaction. 

Another way to prevent disease and other health problems is by ensuring that you are eating a balanced and healthy diet.  The impact of nutrition on overall physical health is immense. The more nutrient-dense foods you consume, the more the body was to work with in order to promote healing and overall health.

One problem that some seniors encounter is being socially isolated from friends and family.  This could be due to situations such as living far from loved ones, no longer being able to drive, or having limited physical mobility.  Spending too much time alone can cause loneliness and even contribute to depression.  Remaining social through community programs and senior centers is an excellent way to prevent social isolation.  For those who are unable to leave their home, using area programs which offer senior visitor services can help them maintain their connection to the community.

Stress is never good for anyone’s health and can take its toll on the body.  While some stressors such as being ill or experiencing loss are unavoidable, you can take steps to attempt to manage your symptoms.  Activities such as taking a short daily walk, engaging in focused breathing and yoga can help reduce tension in the body, lower mental stress levels, and improve the practitioner’s sense of well-being.

We have experience helping seniors connect with resources which can assist them in improving wellness.  Please contact us online or by phone if we may be of other assistance.

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