For seniors, creating healthy habits can make the difference between a life well lived and early aging. Many think that genes have everything to do with how well a person ages, but while genes do play a role, it’s also important to form healthy habits as you get older. People who grew up with good habits during their youth, tend to go on to be healthy seniors. However, thankfully it is not too late.
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Here are 5 healthy habits to maintain when moving to a retirement community:
1. Active Retirement
According to the director of the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging, there is evidence that in societies where individuals stop working suddenly, the percentage of chronic disease and obesity rises dramatically after retirement. It is thus palpable just how important it is that our brains stay active and engaged on a day-to-day basis. Activities that stimulate the mind are a great way to keep strong mentally and emotionally. Luckily, it just so happens that cultural programs, activities, and interesting outings are all part of everyday life at Thunderbird Senior Living. With so much to see and do in beautiful Glendale Arizona, we seize the day, every day.
As the body ages, it becomes increasingly more difficult to engage in physical activities. With emerging science in this day and age, it is even being said that exercise may be considered more important in the latter years than in the younger. The reason for this is that as we age, our bodies begin to lose muscle mass. The loss of muscle mass often results in a loss of mobility and flexibility, which affects our overall health and well-being. At Thunderbird Senior Living, we strongly believe in a proactive plan, providing a place that exercise is accepted and even welcomed. An immaculate Fitness Centre, one-on-one coaching, and great classes are all waiting to be utilized in the safety of our care. Regular exercise does not just strengthen our bones and muscles, but it helps in reducing the risk of certain diseases. Some of our activities include water and dance aerobics, zumba classes, and so much more, allowing you and your loved ones the opportunity to be the healthiest and most confident version of you.
3. Nutritional Diet
There are 3 reasons a healthy eating plan is imperative:
- Weight Control - eating 3 proper meals a day keeps us from feeling hungry and snacking on the wrong kind of food groups. By being conscious of what we put into our mouths, we are guaranteeing a quiet and happy belly and in turn, happy life.
- Mood Improvement - a well-balanced diet is the very foundation of good health. A better diet equals better moods, because the body is functioning quietly as it should. A healthy diet should include high-quality proteins, carbohydrates, the correct kind of fats, vitamins, minerals and water.
- Fights and Prevents Disease - food contains nutrients that help us live successfully daily, protect our cells and repair whatever may need it.
There is an age-old myth that says that as you get older you do not need as much sleep as you did when you were younger, this is false. Sleep is just as important now as it has ever been. Unfortunately, many who are over the age of 65 years old begin to experience more trouble when it comes to soundly sleeping through the night. Research has shown that this could be due to two factors; the natural aging process and unique daily challenges e.g.. medication effects. The best ways to enjoy and maintain the best sleep, are the following:
- Avoid caffeine close to bedtime
- Avoid large meals before sleep
- Wake-up and go to bed at the same time every day (routine)
5. Social Connections
While eating, exercising, and sleeping are all top priorities to maintain, combating social isolation should be part of everyone’s health plan. Life was never meant to be endured alone and research shows that there is a danger to isolation, especially for our older loved ones. Here at Thunderbird Senior Living, our calendar is filled with a variety of activities to enjoy. Enjoy game nights, cooking classes, and even dance class while making the best of friends. With plenty to choose from there is plenty to do.