As older adults we have more time for ourselves. But we undergo many changes in our bodies, brains, emotions, and social lives. We might start to socialize less. We might start to worry about our health amid these physical and mental changes.
Research has found that older adults who don’t spend time with their children or families and don’t lead active lives are 29% more likely to develop heart disease and dementia. They’re also more at risk of mental health issues such as depression. To stay happy and healthy, older adults should do activities that suit their age and spend time with others.
Benefits of an Active Lifestyle
Active lifestyles involve getting enough healthy movement during the day for physical and mental health. As older adults we have the chance to enjoy free time and look after our well-being. Modern medical science can help us stay strong and prevent or slow physical aging and, especially, dementia. Active lifestyle activities that suit our age are part of good quality of life.
Pastimes like walking in the park, singing, or getting regular exercise can help reduce the risk of common diseases like diabetes or high blood pressure. They boost our immune systems to protect us from pathogens, especially when we’re older and our immunity is reduced.
Promoting Mental Well-Being
Exercise and activities that make your body release endorphins help you banish stress and anxiety. You might also overcome insomnia and get better sleep.
Older adults are at risk of falls that can have lasting effects. Doing regular, age-appropriate recreational activities helps us keep our bodies strong and flexible. We’ll balance better and be less likely to fall.
Connecting with Community
Many activities, like walking in the park, going to the gym, or joining an arts and crafts clubs, help us meet new people, reducing stress and depression that can fuel severe symptoms in the future, such as dementia.
Boosting Brain Power
Doing regular exercise is like tuning an engine. Your brain stays at peak performance. As well as reducing your risk of dementia, you’ll make faster, better decisions.
Many studies show that an active lifestyle plays a vital role in physical and mental health. We can dispell stress, stay strong, and keep a healthy weight.
What’s more, we reduce our risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, and high blood fat. We lower the risk of diseases linked with aging such as osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and neurological disease.
But as older adults we have to careful to avoid accidents. Slips and falls can be hard to get over. We should do activities that suit our age.
6 Hobbies for Well-Being
As an older adult you have lots of ways to enjoy your freetime. And a lot of your pastimes can help keep you well, with good health and high quality of life. Here are 6 activities that could boost your well-being and lifestyle.
Unleash your inner artist with art activities like drawing or painting. You could also take up cross-stitching or knitting. Join a class and you’ll also meet people who share your interests. Have fun times making decorative items or gifts for special occasions.
Taking care of plants and creating a beautiful garden needn’t be hard work. There’s pruning, planting, watering, changing pots. You can choose what you want to do, whether it’s floral displays or a herb garden. You’ll not only feel relaxed but stay fit too. You’ll also get vitamin D from sunlight if your garden’s outdoors.
Taking a stroll is a simple route to loads of benefits. You’ll keep your muscles strong. You’ll clear your mind. It's even better if you do it with a group or friends. If you can't get outdoors easily, yoga or light aerobics at home are great too.
If you already love to read, you could join a book group. Meeting new friends can be fun, sharing experiences, insights, and opinions. It's another simple way to stay sharp. You could also try writing. A short family history, for example, can help you keep your mind in shape and boost your creativity.
Could you have a hidden passion for cooking? You can start by getting creative and trying out new dishes. Try out recipes with simple ingredients. You could make cookies or prepare pancakes for breakfast. Cooking alone or with family or friends can be fun. After mastering easy menus you can take on increasingly challenging dishes. You’ll improve your memory too.
Music activities are great for older adults. Music can help with therapy and boost brain and memory skills. And you’ll have fun, whether you’re just listening or playing an instrument or enjoying karaoke with friends.
Brain Activity Prevents Dementia
Dementia affects both memory and decision making, including communication. Daily life and everyday activities get much tougher. There’s still no cure for dementia. But keeping our brains active can help slow and prevent such diseases. There are lots of fun activities that can keep our brains sharp.
Learn Something New
The easiest and best way to exercise your brain to prevent dementia is to keep learning. Start simply by using your non-dominant hand to brush your teeth or comb your hair. Or learn and practice a new language. Do challenging math problems. Or take up new hobbies, such as music or cooking.
Train Your Brain
Games that can help train your brain include crossword puzzles, chess, jigsaw puzzles, and card games. There are plenty of board game or computer and smartphone apps that’ll develop your memory, decision-making, and logical thinking.
Join Local Activities
Look for new activities around you, such as social events or art shows, concerts, museum visits. You’ll get new insights and might build valued friendships.
Research at the University of California found that keeping our brains active can help prevent and reduce the risk of dementia. Those who’ve already got dementia issues can relieve their symptoms. Keep training your brain regularly and you can keep dementia at bay.
Sourced from: alzheimer.ca, neurology.org
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