While many of us struggle to find some quiet time to ourselves amidst our busy lives, many seniors spend too much time on their own. According to researchers at the University of Michigan, “chronic loneliness can adversely affect mental, cognitive, and physical health, and general well-being, and even longevity.”
Being socially active is proven to provide positive, often dramatic effects on senior health. For example, studies have shown that seniors who actively engage in creative activities are less likely to suffer from depression, visit the doctor less often, and take fewer medications than their less-active counterparts. However, aging can bring on health conditions or limitations that make it difficult to drive, go visiting, or participate in activities and social gatherings.
Nonetheless, there are three important reasons for seniors to prioritize social well-being, despite potential limitations.
Remember when mental health was one of those things we just didn’t talk about? Thankfully, those days are gone. Medical scientists, backed by extensive research, have helped us understand how closely each person’s body, mind and spirit are intertwined. Mental health is crucial to overall well-being, and that’s especially true for seniors.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, so it’s a great time to talk about why and how seniors can benefit from a greater emphasis on emotional and cognitive stimulation.
The vast majority of Americans over 50 say they want to age in place – remaining in their home and familiar surroundings. That’s understandable, but it’s not easy when aging also brings increasing physical limitations and health concerns. The growing in-home care industry is designed to give seniors the help they need to age in place, but home health care also has limitations.
Should you choose a senior living community instead, despite the fact you’ll have to move? It’s important to understand how the two options differ, whether you’re deciding on the best course of action for yourself or for your Mom or Dad.
Staying in your home may give the impression of independence, but a senior living community can actually help you remain more independent, longer.
Losing a loved one – a family member or friend – is so hard. Some people have more experience with this type of grief than others, but eventually it comes to all of us. The loss can feel overwhelming, impossible to face. Acknowledging that simple fact makes it easier to navigate the grieving process. So does understanding that common myths about grief can get in the way, because there is no right way to grieve.
So let’s dispel some of those myths and misconceptions right now.
Did you know that age-related changes to your mouth and teeth increase your risk for tooth and gum disease? Oral health issues can significantly reduce your ability to eat comfortably. And that can reduce your ability (or desire) to get the nutrition necessary to maintain good physical and mental health. More and more seniors are keeping their original teeth these days, but if you wear dentures, oral health is just as important for you.
Aging typically brings some loss of physical and/or mental capability, but there are many ways seniors can fight back against the “inevitable.” Regular exercise and mental engagement keep your body and mind as strong and healthy as possible. So does eating a nutritious, well-balanced diet. In fact, certain foods have been shown to actually improve mental performance and memory.
Who doesn’t love to receive a valentine? From a friend, a secret admirer, or the long-time love of your life, valentines always bring moments of joy. But did you know you can be your own valentine? Yep, that’s why we celebrate American Heart Month in February. A healthy heart improves the quality and length of your life – and that means more valentine love to share and receive.
More than half of Americans age 55 or older now describe themselves as officially retired. Just between 2019 and 2021, the number of retirees increased by 3.5 million, so it’s easy to see why interest in retirement communities is at an all-time high. The good news? There are more senior living options than ever before. However, they vary widely – finding the one that’s just-right for you can feel daunting.
More good news! Whether you’re researching a move for yourself or an aging family member, it’s easy to get started. These 7 steps will point you in the right direction.
Topics: Senior Resources
You are registered to vote, aren’t you? Seniors are notoriously strong when it comes to voting turnout, and you’re probably among those who are fully prepared for the general election in November. But what if you’ve recently moved to Georgia or to a different part of the state? Or you want to change your party affiliation?