Healthy Aging Month is about raising awareness about how older adults can live healthier, happier lives.
The start of a new school year is the perfect time to celebrate Healthy Aging Month since people are motivated by back-to-school memories and are more inclined towards starting something new. Seniors are encouraged to stay healthy and learn new things that will improve their physical health and mental capacity during this month-long observance.
Keep reading for senior living tips to empower a positive outlook on aging and to continue to improve your life.
Take charge of your health
Take charge of your health during Healthy Aging Month. Find out what benefits your healthcare insurance covers, and take the time to set up your annual physical and other health screenings, including examinations by your eye doctor and dentist. For most diseases, early detection can be hugely beneficial so remain diligent about your health, including taking medications as prescribed. If you notice anything unusual, don’t ignore it. While there’s no need to go to the doctor every time you’re not feeling well, know your body and what is normal for yourself well enough to detect if something might be out of line.
Exercise is important for healthy aging. If you are not accustomed to exercise, consult your doctor before starting an exercise routine and be sure to start slowly. Aim for 10–15 minutes of activity 3x a week and increase as time goes on.
Maintaining a healthy diet is also key to staying healthy. Obesity can lead to even bigger health concerns such as diabetes or heart disease. Plus, a slower metabolism means we need fewer calories when we get older, so it becomes increasingly important for us to reduce the amount of unhealthy foods we consume.
Additionally, our Care Coordination Services can help you and your family navigate the complex healthcare system. Our caregivers are not only an advocate for you, but can help with in-home health services. They can attend doctor’s appointments, coordinate with specialists, create a plan for day-to-day care, and pick up medication. We can even provide transition assistance for post-surgery or rehab, and a household safety assessment to avoid re-admittance.
Try new things
Don’t let your age stop you from trying new things (within reason, of course!). Get out there and experiment! Do something that will keep your mind and body engaged each day—it will give you something to look forward to. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Try a new hobby
- Learn a new skill or language
- Read new books
- Join a walking group
Working puzzles, taking up a new hobby like yoga, etc. can help reduce stress levels associated with aging problems. It’s good for both body and mind!
Studies have shown that positive thinking can help you live longer and more successfully manage stressful events. If negative thoughts plague your life, try to “re-train” yourself by replacing them with the silver lining in every situation. Try to be more positive in conversation. When you catch yourself saying something negative, switch it around into a positive statement. Try not watching the news for a while to avoid negative reports. Surround yourself with energetic, happy people of all ages to help keep your own mood positive. Your mental health plays an important part in healthy aging, and surrounding yourself with people who make you smile and laugh makes it even easier.
Build a support system
A positive support system filled with friends and loved ones can greatly boost your mental wellbeing. Surround yourself with people who bring you joy rather than bring you down! Instead of feeling lonely and bored, reach out to your friends or family. Get together with them, invite them over for a visit, or even call them over FaceTime.
Another asset to your support system is in-home senior care. Our in-home care services can be customized to fit your needs and keep your daily routines in the comfort of your own home. Our companions can help you participate in hobbies, help with socializing, and assist with your email and social media. They can also help you manage meals and nutrition, complete household chores, exercise or go outdoors, and provide transportation for errands.
If you are looking for in-home senior care in Albuquerque, schedule a free consultation with our A Place At Home office. You can expect a quick response about pricing or answers to any questions about our in-home care, care coordination, or senior living alternatives. Our professionals are ready to provide you or your loved one with compassionate care, open communication, and support, and improve overall quality of life. Give our Albuquerque office a call at (505) 316-5440 or schedule your free consultation online today.