Spending time outdoors is wonderful, but sometimes life encourages us to be inside for one reason or another. The good news is...
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Increase Physical Activity
Staying active is key to feeling young and aging healthily. This doesn’t mean all your free time should be spent in the gym, but rather a light exercise for a brief period every day. There are tons of exercise programs out there specifically designed for seniors such as yoga, water aerobics, and circuit classes. At the bare minimum, we recommend taking a 10-minute walk every day. Walking is one of the best ways for seniors to stay fit. It’s proven to strengthen muscles, help with osteoporosis, improve circulation, and assist in weight loss.
Reach Out To An Old Friend
It’s normal to lose a couple friends as we get older. But it’s never too late to revive a past friendship. In the past, it may have been much more difficult to keep in touch, but thanks to advances in technology rekindling old friendships couldn’t be easier. Set New Year resolutions to reach out to a couple old friends and set a date to hang out and catch up. Chances are, they’ll be thrilled to hear from you!
Spend More Time With Your Grandchildren
They say you don’t know what happiness is until you’ve had grandchildren. And they’re right! How can you not light up when you see their adorable faces? Unfortunately, some people don’t have the ability to drive up the street to see their bundles of joy. Thankfully, Independa is an incredible solution that can bring you closer to your family anytime, anywhere! If you don’t want to miss out on their special moments and golden years, Independa can keep you connected.
Work Out Your Brain
Muscle mass isn’t the only thing we lose over time. Just like working out at the gym, our brains need exercise too. Researchers believe that consistent mental exercise is vital to a healthy memory and strong cognitive thinking. This year, strengthen your mind by learning an instrument, take a cooking class, register for an online course, do puzzles, or anything that can sharpen your thinking skills.
We left this for last because this is incredibly important. A study found that 10 percent of adults 55 to 85 years of age experience anxiety in the same prevalence among other age groups. This can be characterized by feelings of loneliness, worry, irritability, trouble sleeping, tiredness, and loss of appetite. This poses a risk particularly for seniors as they’ve experienced hard loss, suffer more pain due to chronic diseases, and side effects from medication. If you are experiencing these symptoms for more than two weeks we recommend speaking up to your friends, family, and physician.
2018 is going to be a tough year. There will be many up and many downs but all we can do is focus on becoming a better version of our past selves. If you want to grow and thrive this year we recommend starting with the New Year resolutions mentioned above. Have any other helpful New Year Resolution suggestions? Be sure to let us know on our Facebook page.
Watch Your Step
The first and one of the most important winter safety tips which every senior citizen should consider is keeping a shrewd eye out for icy steps and pavements. This is one of the most dangerous aspects of the winters as even walking becomes dangerous. Falls are already the leading cause of deaths and injuries among seniors such as broken bones, head trauma, and other major injuries. This is exactly why every senior should make sure that they do not walk dangerous paths. When the temperature drops, the risk factor increases so please try your level best to keep all of you pathways clear of snow. Furthermore, make sure you’re wearing shoes with exceptional traction. When you re-enter your home, take your shoes off before you come in as tracking snow into your home can create slippery conditions inside.
Keep Warm and Cozy
The winter season isn’t just beautiful snow and chilly temperatures. Most days the winds will be harsh and intense, and due to this, many people tend to fall ill. Cold temperatures can lead to frostbite and hypothermia. This applies to every age group, but seniors hold more risk in this aspect. If you don’t take care of yourself and stay warm, then there is a very high chance that you will get sick, leading to more severe illnesses. For seniors, we would recommend that they spend time outdoors only during the warmest part of the day and to keep your home thermometer at a comfortable temperature (at least 68°) at all times. Furthermore, when you do go outside, make sure to the appropriate clothing. Do not underestimate how cold it is, it’s better to be overprepared than sick.
Don’t Strain Yourself
Another crucial winter safety tip that every senior should consider during the winters is to keep all of their strenuous activities down to a bare minimum. We understand that with this season comes a lot of housework that won’t do itself. But you need to remember your body isn’t what it used to be. Overstraining your body is an even bigger risk during the winter season as the cold makes people weak. If you must go outside and doing strenuous activities, make sure you’re pace yourself and periodically go back inside to warm up.
Finally we would also recommend that every elderly keep in touch with their doctors during the winters. The intense cold makes our immune system weak and this is exactly why so many people fall ill during the winters! We really hope that all of our safety tips help all the elderly out there enjoy the holiday season as they deserve this more than anything. Is there anything we missed? Let us know on our Facebook page.