We all hear about how important a balanced diet and participation in regular exercise is in maintaining a healthy life. However, the other piece to this puzzle, that is often overlooked, is how social issues can have a significant impact on life and both the physical and mental health of seniors. The lack of socialization can cause a spiral affect that contributes to an unhealthy diet and lack of energy or motivation to exercise or get out and about. As you or your loved one prepare for the golden years, look at these contributors to social problems:
· Social isolation and loneliness from losing a spouse
· Feeling inadequate or burdensome to children
· Boredom from a lack of routine activities
· Inability to accept medical or physical changes or limitations
· Losing your driver’s license
· Inability to manage daily activities
For seniors these can have an even more noticeable impact on their over-all well-being. Acknowledging these problems is very important in determining what changes can be made to ensure a healthy lifestyle as you or your loved ones age. Educating yourself about your options is paramount. Many local organizations partner together to educate the community and to provide the appropriate solution for every unique situation. Whether it’s simply providing a companion or assisting with daily living tasks, pulling resources to create personalized care at home or in a senior community is the key.
Be aware that many senior communities that offer recreation programs allow people from the public to participate at their leisure. Encouraging an aging adult to do this will help them to feel less lonely, improve cognitive and physical health through engagement, improve their quality of life, and ultimately help them to feel more comfortable in a community setting if they end up needing more assistance.
The Views Senior Living Communities host a number of activities from cooking demonstrations, bus outings, daily exercise class, art classes and more. This extensive activity program is also available for memory care residents but a chaperone would need to stay with the non-resident during the activity. Contact the closest location to you and tell them you want to learn more about enjoying their activities.