The baby boomer generation is changing the face of aging, and teaching younger generations that growing older doesn’t have to mean growing sicker or moving slower. One way boomers are leading the charge of healthy aging is by choosing to remain active throughout retirement. While some are running marathons or lifting weights, other seniors are falling in love with the ancient practice of yoga.
You’re never too old to enjoy Independence Day. Indeed, for many people the 4th of July sparks fond memories of childhood barbecues, early parenthood, and joyful celebrations with beloved friends. For seniors who have mobility or cognitive issues or who have transitioned to independent living, a change in how they celebrate the 4th of July can feel demoralizing.
Sunny days and warmer temperatures are here, which signals all summer fun to begin. However, in the midst of the fun family get-togethers and neighborhood barbeques, the dangers of summer for older adults are significant. If you find yourself caring for an elderly loved one, you may already be preoccupied with keeping them safe while at home and while out and about. You may not, however, be aware of a few key safety measures to take during the summer months.
No matter how excited you may be to move into your new apartment at a senior living community, there can still be some accompanying anxiety. Transition at any age can be overwhelming, and moving into a senior living community is no different. Fortunately, the transition trauma doesn’t have to last too long or feel too sad. There are many ways to ease into your new home and new routine, including a bit of help from your furry best friend.
You’re never too old to be physically fit. Age accelerates the loss of muscle and bone mass. This can lead to weakness, play a role in osteoporosis and increase the risk of falls. Exercise can reduce this risk. Seniors who remain physically active may live longer, maintain a more independent lifestyle, have less physical pain due to joint health issues and arthritis, have a lower risk of dementia and have better mental health.
Mother’s Day is on the horizon, a time when we honor the women who shaped our personalities, encouraged us through difficult times, and celebrated achievements big and small. Your relationship with your mom may be complicated, and you may be facing a “new normal” if your mother is aging or experiencing some new medical concerns. This could be an especially challenging time for you if your mother lives in an assisted living community. You could be struggling with ways to get together this holiday. Fortunately, you can celebrate Mother’s Day in a variety of ways, and without a traditional brunch out on the town. Here are just a few ways you can make the day special for your mom, while creating memories you will both treasure.
Our relationships make us who we are. They inspire us, comfort us, and occasionally challenge us. We need our relationships more than ever as we age, yet about 40 percent of seniors report feeling lonely. Loneliness can lead to depression, sleep problems, and worsening health. One study found that the dangers of loneliness were as bad as smoking 15 cigarettes a day. Strong relationships are the solution, but sustaining these relationships can be difficult—especially if your loved ones live far away or enjoy activities you’re no longer able to do.
Don’t give up. The right family activities are fun for everyone, from perennially bored kids to stressed adults. These fun activities for seniors are great for the whole family:
Valentine’s Day, in all its Cupid and candlelight glory, is not just for couples anymore. Indeed, February 14 is now an excellent excuse to shower love on the important people in your life. For seniors especially, who may feel lonely after the excitement of the winter holidays has subsided, Valentine’s Day can be a fun way to have a bit of family (and friend) attention.
Seniors are leading more active, engaged lives than ever before. From the thrill of extreme sports to the rush of new love, more and more seniors see the next chapter as a chance to hone new skills, continue growing, and pursue adventure. Activities for seniors include much more than just sitting on the porch drinking lemonade.