Active Aging Week September 25 – October 1

September 23, 2016 - Serving Seniors

Active Aging Week was started in 2003 by the International Council on Active Aging. The international event celebrates aging and active living by engaging older adults in wellness activities in a safe, friendly and fun atmosphere. Here are a few of our favorite tips to help seniors live a more active lifestyle:


  1. Eat healthy foods. A healthy diet can be the key to living longer and stronger. Eat nutrient-dense foods, like fruits, vegetables, and whole-grain foods. Avoid sweet, salty, and highly processed foods. Also, watch out for dehydration. Keep in mind that each person has different dietary needs. Follow your doctor’s suggestions regarding dietary restrictions.
  1. Stay active in a way that’s fun for you. There are so many ways to get in some daily movement. Consider walking with a group of friends, learning how to dance, going for a hike, or walking a pet. The possibilities are endless. Find activities that are both meaningful and enjoyable for you.
  1. Try meditation and practice mindfulness. Daily Meditation is a mood boosting way to remain present and focused through connectedness and relaxation. Taking time to include meditation in your daily routine can lead to greater quality of life and positivity, all while reducing anxiety and lessening stress.
  1. Learn a new skill. It’s never too late to master something new, and it keeps your mind sharp, too! Try learning a new skill that requires concentration, creative thinking and memorization, 4-learn-a-new-skill-2like chess, crossword puzzles, or writing poetry. Discover a foreign language, play a musical instrument, read, or listen to a Ted Talk.
  1. Make Community Connections. Older adults who engage in meaningful community activities report feeling healthier. Boost happiness and join us at the Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center. Remember that participating in activities should be fun, not stressful, so choose activities that appeal most to you! Check out what’s happening this month.
  1. Practice fall prevention. Through practical lifestyle adjustments, you can prevent falls and injury—a leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries for seniors. Complete a home safety checklist, take Vitamin D and Calcium, remove loose carpets or throw rugs, use night lights throughout hallways, and keep paths clear of electrical cords and clutter.7-invite-more-laughter-into-your-life

7. Invite more laughter into your life. It’s true what they say: Daily dose of laughter is good for your health. Reenergize with humor and play. Consider casual social events with friends. Call an old friend or introduce yourself to someone new. Share jokes, funny stories, or watch a comedy, and enjoy the lightness that comes from a little bit of daily laughter.

Learn more about Active Aging Week from the International Council on Active Aging 

September is Senior Center Month

September 1, 2016 - Serving Seniors

National Senior Center Month is recognized every year in September by The National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC/NCOA). To honor this year’s theme Find Balance at Your Center, we will be highlighting the many ways our seniors find balance. We will focus on different aspects of finding balance by looking at the many programs and services we offer with Serving Seniors and how our seniors use these opportunities to grow and find balance together.

Fitness is important to keep your physical body balanced and healthy so other aspects may follow

Learning helps keep the mind balanced and strong

Friendship allows you to stay balanced within a support system

Purpose and helping others gives you the ability to keep others balanced

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Whether we find balance physically, mentally, or emotionally it is undeniably an important part of aging successfully. Click here for more information about National Senior Center Month and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for the latest information about all Serving Seniors has to offer to help seniors find balance.

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