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:

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  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 

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