Research shows that older adults who lead an active lifestyle are likely to be healthier and happier. Taking part in physical and social activities regularly has proven to help seniors better manage or delay the onset of chronic illnesses as well as contributed to their emotional well-being. Simply put, the way you live and what you eat has a big impact on quality of life during your golden years. Contrary to popular belief, genetics might play less of a role than your lifestyle does.
Mindful of the connection between physical fitness, socialization and senior health, Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) now offer state-of-the-art amenities with a wide range of options to help you stay fit and healthy. An onsite fitness center, exercise programs, scheduled entertainment, regular outings and plenty of opportunities to socialize within the community keep residents physically, socially and mentally active. Take advantages of these opportunities to maintain good health during your retirement years.
Tips for Healthy Aging from our CCRC Team
The Mayo Clinic’s book on Healthy Aging says, the sooner you start being active, the sooner you will enjoy health benefits and the better off you’ll be in the long run. The experienced caregiving team at our CCRC has provided some tips below to help you stay fit, healthy and happy.
- Aerobic activities: If you have not exercised for a long time (or not at all), begin slowly with light aerobic activities like walking, riding a bike or swimming. Then gradually move up to more strenuous exercises in the onsite fitness center. Remember, the goal is not to run or walk fast but instead, to go the distance.
- Resistance training: Do resistance training at least twice a week. It promotes muscle growth and strength as well as slows bone mass decline and enhances your motor coordination.
- Yoga and/or Tai Chi: Stretching, yoga and Tai Chi have been shown to have a positive effective on muscles. The gentle exercises allow the body to slowly transition from one position to the next while attempting to coordinate the muscles, bones, heart and mind with the positive energy that surrounds the body. A positive view on life reduces stress and can also help improve your immunity.
- Nutrition: Eating well is important at every age but even more so for seniors. Skipping meals and making poor choices can lead to undesired weight loss and compromise your immune system. Increase the nutrient content of your meals, not the portion sizes. It will provide the fuel your body needs to be active. Make vegetables, fruits and whole grains an integral part of your diet. Limit consumption of red meat, starches and sugars. Avoid white bread, white rice and potatoes. Consume alcohol in moderation.
- Social activities: Loneliness leads to depression and cognitive decline. CCRCs offer plenty of opportunities to socialize. Right from chatting with peers at community meals or while relaxing in the evening, to scheduled activities and volunteer opportunities, there are plenty of ways to get involved so you won’t be lonely!
At Wesley Enhanced Living, we provide countless opportunities to stay active and socially connected as well as build new and meaningful relationships. From recreation to entertainment and spiritual programs, our residents have an active, happy and fulfilling day. Well-appointed accommodations, high-quality programming, delicious and nutritious cuisine and a dedicated team make them feel totally at home here. Come and tour our CCRCs across Pennsylvania to see why our seniors enjoy living in our retirement communities. One of our representatives will be happy to show you around, educate you on our services and discuss your requirements.
Wesley Enhanced Living empowers you and your loved ones to stay involved and connected. Please visit our CCRCs to know more or click here to request more information today.