Healthy Aging Month, celebrated every September, brings awareness to the physical and mental changes seniors experience as they age. This month-long observance also reminds seniors to care for physical and mental health throughout their golden years.
The US Census reports that there are an estimated 55.8 million people in this country over the age of 65, which makes September’s National Healthy Aging Month incredibly important to a large portion of the population. Healthy aging is something that everyone should prioritize. As those we love get older, the risk of negative health effects can climb, so discussing the best way to stay healthy while getting older is pertinent.
The Significance of Healthy Aging
Healthy aging is a conscious choice with remarkable benefits for older adults. The goal is not only living longer but living better. Prioritizing physical and mental health enables seniors to improve their well-being and outlook. This includes lifestyle changes like engaging in regular exercise, eating a healthy diet, and finding activities that bring joy. Continue reading for four Seniors Helping Seniors® ways to promote healthy aging this month.
Focus on Physical Well-Being
During Healthy Aging Month, make movement an enjoyable part of your or your special senior’s routine. Non-strenuous activity helps us stay fit while improving overall well-being, and an active lifestyle builds muscle and mobility for everyday life.
Aim for 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise each week. Explore workouts that match your fitness level or that of a loved one. Some options that the Seniors Helping Seniors® family loves include yoga, swimming, walking, and even dancing!
Nurture Emotional Health
Mental health matters as much as physical health. Prioritize self-care this month by incorporating mindfulness into a daily routine.
Peaceful activities like meditation, breathing exercises, or journaling center thoughts and reduce stress. Seek opportunities to connect with friends and family. Sharing stories, laughing, and being present with loved ones combats feelings of isolation and loneliness, contributing to a positive state of mind. If you or a loved one are struggling with mental health, do not hesitate to contact a professional for help.
Take Preventative Measures
Healthy Aging Month is the perfect time to schedule regular check-ups with a healthcare provider. Monitor health and keep up with recommended screenings, such as mammograms, colonoscopies, and bone density tests. Be sure to follow recommended vaccines, including influenza, pneumococcal, and shingles.
Your Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver is happy to give you or a senior loved one a ride to any appointments. Proactive measures empower seniors to take control of their health, allowing our clients to continue enjoying life to the fullest.
Make Positive Lifestyle Choices
Lastly, this month offers an excellent opportunity to incorporate better habits into a daily routine. Consider setting specific goals that align with your well-being aspirations or those of a loved one.
Aiming to eat healthier? Start cooking with more nutritious, nutrient-rich foods. Want to build a better sleep schedule? Try going to bed an hour earlier and reading before going to sleep. Or get more organized by committing to decluttering at home. It takes about two months for a new habit to stick with, so do not wait to make lifestyle changes.
Helping your seniors age healthily can be as simple as suggesting daily exercise, here are some tips for making positive lifestyle choices:
- Get moving: Exercise and physical activity.
- Healthy eating: Make smart food choices.
- Prioritize sleep: Get a good night’s sleep.
- Stop unhealthy habits: Quit smoking, limit the amount of junk food available, try to discourage alcohol, etc.
- Annual checkups: Get your loved ones to the doctor regularly.
Healthy Aging Month reminds seniors to take care of their well-being. As we age, each day presents an opportunity to make positive changes. Whether embarking on a new exercise routine, practicing daily mindfulness, or starting a positive habit, there are plenty of ways to nurture physical, mental, and emotional health. Add a layer of support by enlisting help from a Seniors Helping Seniors® caregiver. With their assistance, the seniors we serve can confidently navigate this journey, knowing that their well-being is in capable hands.
Seniors Helping Seniors® in-home care services enable older adults to lead a vibrant and fulfilling life. A kind hand and a positive perspective will help you or your senior loved one remain connected, curious, and content as you navigate the later years.
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