Dogwood Assisted Living Communities Offer 8 Tips For Inspiring Activity In Seniors
on August 28th, 2019 in Dunwoody, GA | No Comments
Keep Your Mind And Body Active As You Age
As adults get older, they tend to become less active. This can be attributed to more aches and pains, less energy, or fewer friends to exercise with. Regardless, this is a natural trend that can be easily reversed. A recent study by the National Institute on Aging found that physical activity is linked to better cognition in senior adults, even for those with dementia. Dogwood Forest Assisted Living in Atlanta, Acworth, Dunwoody and Grayson offer these 8 ways seniors can engage their minds and bodies for healthy aging.
Maintain Your Physical Fitness
Try a Few Yoga Poses
Yoga may look like fancy stretching, but it can be quite challenging for the body. You can find classes designed specifically for seniors which ensures they only attempt the poses that are safe for them. Yoga has a number of benefits for the body and mind, including improved balance, stability, and fortitude. Many assisted living facilities, such as Dogwood Assisted Living Communities, offer these types of classes as part of their wellness services.
Build Some Muscle
Strength training can be done at home with very little equipment. All you need are some one- or two-pound weights or lightweight items from your home to do it. Almost anyone can do basic strength straining exercises, regardless of physical limitations. You can even practice from a seated position if walking or standing is not an option. Not sure how to get started? Check out the National Institute on Aging’s video series, Go4Life, which demonstrates basic strength building exercises. This is a great way to improve your ability to stand and carry objects.
Walking a pet motivates seniors to get moving on a regular basis, plus a walk is more enjoyable when it’s shared with a furry friend. This helps keep joints moving, even for those with arthritis or other conditions that make it difficult to participate in more strenuous activity. Pets encourage older adults to stay active and make wonderful companions as well. What’s not to love?
Go For a Swim
Swimming is a great way to improve physical fitness, especially for those who can’t tolerate walking or running because of joint problems. Swimming gently works the whole body and elevates heart rate to help prevent cardiovascular disease. Seniors can either enjoy a few laps in the pool or sign up for water aerobics classes, which are perfect for those who aren’t confident swimmers. Swimming can be a powerful workout without putting pressure on the joints.
Exercise Your Brain Too
Reading has major benefits for your mind and memory. The Mayo Clinic Study of Aging found that reading books, in addition to other mental exercises, can make you 50% less likely to develop dementia. Make time to read at least 30 minutes every day. If it’s challenging to stay focused for long periods of time, try reading in 10 minute increments throughout the day or consider reading short stories.
Having the all the proper nutrients is essential to maintaining a healthy brain. Numerous studies have shown that excessive consumption of fats and cholesterol is linked to a higher risk of Alzheimer’s. Eat smart and avoid fried food. Focus on eating more colorful fruits and vegetables, fish, and lean proteins.
Pick Up an Instrument
Regardless of prior experience, retirement is a great time for seniors to begin music lessons. According to recent studies, seniors improve the areas of the brain that control hearing, memory, and hand movement. This is after only four months of playing an instrument for one hour a week. Look into adult music classes at your local community center or at your assisted living community in Dunwoody.
Your brain gets an opportunity to rest and process everything that happened when you go to sleep at the end of the day. A study in the Journal of Neuroscience showed that the brain struggles to form these short term memories during sleep as people age. You can prevent this memory loss by getting deep, quality sleep for 7 to 8 hours a night. If you have difficulty falling or staying asleep, talk to your doctor, as it may be caused by health problems, anxiety, or medication.
Stay Fit With Dogwood Forest Assisted Living Communities
As a high quality and caring assisted living communities provider, we’re here for you. Offering support when it’s needed most is our passion, so think of us as an extension of your family. Our staff is not only trained to provide the best possible care, but we serve with compassion that will make your loved ones feel right at home. With locations in Dunwoody, Atlanta, Grayson and Acworth, Dogwood Forest is ready to help during your time of need.
Contact us today to learn more about our assisted living communities and services. Call us now at 770-350-7833 to take the next step of your journey.