As the ground thaws, we approach spring with warmer weather and longer days, with fresh air and sunshine — all signs of change and renewal. Perhaps spring is nature’s way of encouraging us to change old habits for new ones, which isn’t always easy!
Sometimes, being set in our ways can make it challenging to improve our habits — especially when we’re living alone. By moving to a continuing care retirement community (CCRC), seniors can join like-minded individuals and support each other in embracing life and wellness. Making age-appropriate lifestyle changes, exploring senior-friendly diets, engaging in safe physical and social activities, and even taking up new hobbies becomes more manageable and funner when you are not alone.
The team at Wesley Enhanced Living provides seniors with several opportunities to be active physically and socially. We strive to support our seniors with nutritious meals and inviting common areas, all within a safe community. We care for our residents like family. Make the move to one of our CCRCs, and you can enjoy all that life has to offer in every season!
6 Suggestions to Take Full Advantage of Spring
Why not make this spring a time to start new habits that will better enable you to enjoy your Golden Years? Here are six suggestions to get you started:
Make Outdoor Activity a Priority
Warmer temperatures make us all want to get outside and enjoy the sun. If you don’t already have a pair, buy comfortable walking shoes and head out for a stroll. Not only will you see the trees bud and flowers blossom, but walking helps you control your blood sugar, strengthen your bones and heart, and improve your sleep.
During spring, a highlight of many seniors’ days is gardening — an activity that promotes several health benefits! For starters, tending to a garden can boost Vitamin D levels, which can work to reduce the risk of bone problems and fractures. Even getting outside to breathe in the fresh air, listen to the birds chirp, and bask in the sunshine can reduce stress and be as relaxing as meditation.
You may consider taking an exercise class, such as low-impact aerobics, that can improve balance and flexibility. If you’re considering participating in a class or resuming a physical activity you haven’t done in years, it’s a good idea to consult a healthcare professional beforehand.
Dress in Layers
Spring is, without a doubt, an in-between season weather-wise. Some days are perfect, while others are a bit too hot — or a tad brisk — for your liking. When the sun is shining bright, wear sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat to protect yourself from ultraviolet (UV) rays that can affect your skin and eyes. On cooler or breezier days, insulate yourself by topping your outfit off with a sweater, jacket, or scarf. As we lean into the spring season, take the time to go through your wardrobe and narrow down pieces that will come to the rescue for warmer days and cooler days alike!
Eat Seasonal Foods
During the winter, we tend to lean toward heavy foods that bring comfort against the bitter cold. Now, you can add lighter, seasonal foods like asparagus, peas, and strawberries to your diet. Better yet, reduce your chances of developing conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and arthritis, by ensuring your overall diet is healthy!
You may consider cutting back on red meat and processed foods, making smart substitutions (replacing white flour with whole-grain flour, for example), and boosting your intake of produce. Additionally, start incorporating healthy fats into your diet, like olive oil and avocados. Your dietary team at Wesley Enhanced Living creates menus that are nutrient-dense and irresistible to your palate.
Keep the Water Handy
As we age, our ability to pick up on thirst can decrease, which means it’s vital to keep an eye on our water intake. While drinking water is important regardless of the time of year, it’s especially crucial in spring and summer when you’re more likely to be outside and moving around in the sun!
Dehydration can impact memory and concentration and increase fatigue. Additionally, it can lead to severe complications like a heightened risk of falls. As a general rule of thumb, aim for at least eight cups of water a day to stay hydrated. Additionally, be conscious about the type of fluid you’re ingesting; herbal tea and fresh vegetable juices will be more beneficial than ample amounts of coffee, fruit juices, or sugary sodas.
Stay on Top of Your Seasonal Allergies
Going outside or opening the windows in your home may have side effects, like seasonal allergies. Pollen is great for bees but not so much for your sinuses! If you suffer from seasonal allergies, be sure to keep allergy medications on hand to alleviate symptoms and limit your time outdoors.
Visit Your Health Care Professionals
From vehicles to appliances, you’re no stranger to maintenance. Your body shouldn’t be either! Spring is the perfect time to schedule a checkup for yourself. Get your weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels checked out by your primary care physician. Furthermore, if it’s been a year since your eyes were tested, book an appointment with an optometrist. The same goes for getting in touch with a dentist if you haven’t visited one for at least six to nine months! Also, if you are having difficulty catching sounds from your surroundings or what people are saying to you, it’s most likely time to get your hearing checked.
Enjoy Spring With New, Healthy Habits
Why spend time stuck at home when you can explore the world around you and make new friends? You can do so by moving to a Wesley Enhanced Living community. Our team works hard to ensure you have everything you need to stay healthy while also building new friendships. We invite you to take advantage of our many senior living options, including independent living, personal care, rehabilitation, and skilled nursing. We’d love to speak with you! Call us today to find out which option may work best for you.
Wesley Enhanced Living provides high-quality senior retirement communities for you or your loved ones. Contact one of our Philadelphia area locations and find out why our seniors love where they live. Our staff is happy to discuss your elder’s needs or your own and inform you of our range of services. Virtual tours are now available. For more information about independent living in Doylestown, PA, and the surrounding communities, contact us today!