Enhancing or maintaining our wellness and health should not stop after a predetermined age. As we age, it is important to pursue a balanced body and mind by putting the focus on our physical wellness, as well as fulfillment, mental fortitude, and happiness.
Older adults should be afraid to lead their best and most fulfilling life. With the assistance of family, professional in-home caregivers, and friends, our loved ones can still lead the best times of their lives during retirement. In this guide, we provide three top tips to help our loved ones maintain their wellness.
As we age, we may naturally begin to reflect on our lives and achievements. Some people may also want to share and pass down their knowledge to the younger generations.
Friends and family can foster a sense of accomplishment and identity in our loved ones by encouraging them to write down memories, participate in societies as teachers or mentors, and tell stories to the younger generation. The elderly often discount the scope of their achievements, but celebrating and recognizing their achievements can be a key source of their well-being and satisfaction.
Lack of physical activity and exercise can easily lead to several health problems, both mentally and physically. Older adults do not have to break the gym records to feel well and stay healthy. A moderate amount of exercise or activity every day can help to keep the body in good condition and have a clearer mind and greater sense of fulfillment.
Our loved ones can consider these recommendations for physical activities:
- According to the World Health Organization, there should be a minimum of 150 minutes of physical activity every week.
- A combination of muscle-strengthening activities and cardiovascular health workouts are recommended to prevent the potential of heart attacks, falls, and other common causes of debility in our loved ones.
Research has shown that older adults require at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night in order to feel recharged the next day. Our loved ones may wake up earlier in the morning due to changes in body rhythm, also known as advanced sleep phase syndrome.
However, this also means that they may have to go to bed at an earlier time. Additionally, a wide range of aging-related physical conditions may also make it tougher for our loved ones to receive sufficient sleep, which can cause them to be deprived of sleep.
These are some tips to help them receive better sleep quality:
- Avoid consuming alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine at night
- Wake up and go to bed at the same time every day, including the weekends
- If possible, do not take daytime naps that are longer than 20 minutes
Senior Living Programs at Rittenhouse Village At Muhlenberg
There are many tips our elderly loved ones can take note of in order to maintain health and wellness. This is especially important for those staying alone since they have to stay healthy to take care of themselves. If you are concerned for their wellness, Rittenhouse Village At Muhlenberg also provides a variety of senior living options our loved ones can stay in and have their needs taken care of by our team. Contact Rittenhouse Village At Muhlenberg to learn more about our living programs today!