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Interesting Indoor Games for Seniors

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With aging, our bodies are older and fragile and we tend to lose the capacity of doing many things easily. Apart from loss in physical strength, there is diminishing of the mind functions. Just as physical exercise is important for health, maintaining mental equilibrium is equally crucial for engaging the brain in meaningful activities. This is where interesting senior indoor activities come into play.

There are a variety of games and activities available for seniors which can be played indoors. This not only helps them in having fun but also enunciates joy, amusement and intellectual stimulation either individually or in a group. By pursuing these engaging activities and their own senior citizen hobbies , elders constructively spend time which, in turn, promotes their overall well-being.

 Senior Care options like Assisted Living Facilities pay special attention to engaging their residents in meaningful ways to evade boredom, relieve anxiety and stress and enable easier social engagements with lesser intimidation. It is also interesting to note that these facilities offer a countless number of such assisted living activities  which are customised to meet the needs of seniors who have physical or cognitive limitations.

 

Benefits of Indoor Games for Seniors

  • Keeps seniors happy and healthy through fun engagements thereby relieving mental tension and stress
  • Provides an opportunity to spend time and mingle with people of similar age group and interests and  encourages  socialization to avoid isolation
  • Increases memory formation and cognition capabilities by supporting the brain in complex thought formation and making relevant associations
  • Delays the onset of age-related ailments such as Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease by exercising the brain and preventing cognitive decline
  • Lowers the blood pressure by helping the muscles to relax naturally, improves blood circulation and produces endorphins which induce happiness and laughter
  • Boosts the immune system by releasing chemicals that combat stress
  • Increases optimistic thinking
  • Enhances the basic fine motor skills, coordination and dexterity which is very essential for seniors in performing the routine activities

Some Interesting Indoor Activities and Games for Seniors

  • Making Art and Craft for activating the mind with creativity and imagination and keeping the hands nimble. Examples include knitting and making greeting cards and photo frames using paper collages.
  • Solving Cross-Word Puzzles for challenging the brain and doing mental workouts.
  • Trying Fun and Interactive Online Games for improving memory and enhancing mental awareness. These games are particularly recommended for techno-savvy seniors and it permits the participation of multiple players too!
  • Exploring Logical Puzzles for enabling lateral and out-of-the-box thinking to re-activate neural pathways in the brain.
  • Attempting Jigsaw Puzzles to stimulate the mind and get relaxation. These puzzles even aid in lowering the blood pressure and pulse rate.
  • Doing Tasks that target Memory and Attention by stimulating the thinking process. For instance-reciting the months of the year in alphabetical order.
  • Playing
    • Sudoku for building problem-solving skills and pattern recognition.
    • Chess for planning and strategizing.
    • Trivia Games in groups on a variety of topics to boost competitiveness and make it challenging.
    • Bingo in groups for stimulating the important senses of hearing, touching and seeing.
    • Other Board Games like scrabble, carom, ludo and dominoes
  • Identifying Botanical Names and doing Gardening for natural brain stimulation using fresh air
  • Reading Books and recalling the Tales for boosting the cognitive skills, enriching the vocabulary and thwarting off isolation.

 

Apart from this,

  • Games for Dementia Patients include amazing chase, call to mind, puzzles and pastimes and large Bingo Cards.
  • For increasing short time, memory serving tray game may be tried by enlisting and subsequently recalling activities that impact daily life.

Indoor Play is indeed a necessity for Seniority and not a luxury-so enjoy it for adding life to your golden years!

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Advantages of Yoga for Seniors

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Most people connect old age with wheelchairs, walking canes, crutches, and bedpans. But not anymore. All these can become things of the past with Yoga for seniors. Surprised? Don’t be, for Yoga has potent and proven therapeutic results for elders.

In fact, nearly 2.9 million Americans aged 55 and above practise yoga. In India too, elders are opting for Yoga to overcome their ageing issues. Yoga is even included a part of the daily routine in expert assisted living facilities  in India.

Here is an overview of the advantages of Yoga for seniors.

Why do seniors need yoga?

Seniors are in dire need of Yoga due to the following reasons.

  • 1/3rd of the elders today are obese.
  • Almost 89% of the seniors have some form of geriatric or lifestyle disease like diabetes, hypertension, cardiac ailments, COPD, osteoarthritis etc.
  • Seniors are more prone to depression, anxiety, stress etc due to age and social isolation.
  • Many elders suffer from dementia and Alzheimer’s as memory decline also increases with old age.
  • Nearly 90% of the elders experience loss of appetite, poor metabolism, lessened immunity, digestive issues, sleeplessness etc. owing to their advancing age.

Almost all the above-mentioned health problems can be easily controlled and cured for elders with the help of Yoga. This is why yoga has become an integral part of the daily activities at independent senior living homes.

Benefits of Yoga for seniors

  1. Diabetes control

Type 2 diabetes develops usually as age advances as the body find it difficult to produce enough insulin or resists insulin production. Yoga has been found to limit Type 2 diabetes in seniors effectively.

Research reveals that a group of seniors aged 60 and above experience a drastic decline in their blood sugar levels on practising Yoga for 40 days.

  1. Decrease in Hypertension and Cholesterol

Elders mostly suffer from high blood pressure or hypertension in their senior years. This is due to the inability of the body to process the dietary salt due to slowed metabolism and lack of exercise. Reduced kidney function is another reason for age-related hypertension. But all this can be solved with yoga for seniors .

Studies reveal that 3 months of daily yoga by seniors above 60 caused a considerable decline in their hypertension,  cholesterol and triglyceride.

  1. Weight loss

Obesity is a major problem for seniors a they gain weight due to lack of exercise and reduced metabolism.

Elders who practised Yoga weekly for 4 years lost 1.4 kgs more than others who did not.

  1. Better breathing

Many elders may face breathing issues with age due to poor lung capacity and air pollution. Asthmatic seniors have even more acute respiratory difficulties. Yogic exercises for breathing control have been known to improve lung power and ease breathing.

Yoga improves 10% of your lung capacity in 40 days. 30 minutes of Yoga can bring great relief to chronic asthmatics.

  1. Better memory and mind power

A study conducted in Germany in 2005 revealed that-2 weekly sessions of Yoga for 90 minutes each brought down depression by 50 % and anxiety by 30%.

Chair yoga postures for seniors

For seniors who have movement disabilities, chair yoga is the best. It is also advised for elders with balance issues or for those seniors who are very weak. The following chair yoga postures for seniors must be done at least once a day with 5-10 repetitions of each pose.

  1. Virabhadrasana

Here the senior sits in a chair with his/her leg slightly apart. During inhalation, the senior must raise both hands to meet above the head, and lace the finger together with the thumb pointing outwards. while exhaling. the hand should be let down with the shoulder rolling away from the ear and gliding the arm to the sides.

  1. Paschimottasana

Sitting in a chair with the feet apart, the senior has to rest the hands on the thighs and glide them down the leg while bending his/her torso  downwards during inhalation. During inhalation, the body is lifted upwards

Chair yoga postures for seniors  generally help in joint lubrication, body balance, arthritis and even menopause.

Yoga is the ideal activity for elders to regain their youthful energy and this is why caring assisted living facilities always practise yoga for seniors.

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Types of Care offered in Assisted Living Centres

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Assisted Living (AL) Centres are one of the most popular elderly care options for seniors who can live largely on their own and have minimal medical needs. They may need some support for doing their daily chores and following medication routines or availing moderate levels of nursing care.AL is often termed as adult congregate care or residential care for elders.

AL Centres allow seniors to spend their golden years with dignity and remain independent as long as possible. It also fosters a family and community environment for their well-being and socialization while simultaneously maintaining the resident’s autonomy, privacy and safety. The living spaces can be individual rooms, apartments or shared areas. Residents are allowed to keep pets or interact with pets at the facility, meet visitors during the day and pursue their hobbies.

Besides AL centres, Senior Independent Living Homes are also available for independent elders to pursue an active lifestyle in the community of their peers. Here, optional and need-based private services are provided in freestanding homes.

Benefits for Seniors at AL

  • Treatment with dignity and self-respect
  • Freedom to follow personal choice of religion
  • Protection from neglect and abuse
  • Opportunity to interact with individuals both inside and outside the AL centre for maintaining social relationships
  • Continued privacy
  • Comprehensive safety and security mechanisms
  • Complete control of personal finance
  • Support for evaluation of medical needs and all forms of healthcare services
  • Senior-friendly environment
  • Assistance in daily activities when required
  • Permission for continued usage and retention of personal possessions

Types of Care at AL

  • Personal Care Assistant – AL facilities have caregivers who can assist the elderly residents in their personal care and routine tasks and are available on a 24/7 basis. The residents can set up their own schedules for getting assistance in eating meals, getting dressed, having bath or following their medication regimes. Besides this, other support facilities include an onsite pharmacy, salon services, therapy sessions and transport which are coordinated by a dedicated staff member.
  • Home Care at Assisted Living – AL facilities provide a homely atmosphere for residents with a variety of amenities including
    • Emergency call systems to monitor the safety and security of residents and prevent injury, falls or debilitating illness that could be fatal
    • 24/7 Housekeeping and laundry services for providing emergency clean up in case of accidental toileting, spills and the like. Additionally, housekeeping services like vacuuming, dusting, changing bed linens, washing clothes and folding laundry are available to maintain clean surroundings and personal hygiene.
    • Centralized dining programs that deliver three nutritious meals a day. Various dining options as room services, cafeteria ambience or free dining at a full-service restaurant are available. The meals are customized to personal preferences, prevailing medical conditions and dietary restrictions.AL dining options usually offer a variety of menu that is tasty, nutritious and satisfying to senior palates.
  • Social Activity and Entertainment – Most AL facilities have common areas like libraries, gyms, cafes, gardens and gaming rooms for their residents. They also provide itineraries for structured social activities like movie reviews, gardening clubs and book discussion forums. Transportation may also be provided for group activities like mall shopping and theatre outings.
  • Health and Wellness – Basic healthcare services customized to the senior needs are provided in AL. This includes emergency first aid services, medication management, medical records management and pharmacy support. Some facilities also take care of Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients. Onsite physicians are also available for doing routine checkups and handling emergencies. Most centres also focus on Assisted Living Wellness Programs for seniors through various health and exercise programs including yoga, swimming, aerobics, walking groups and medical camps.

Thus AL provides an integrated homely care environment for elders who need varying levels of personal and health care support.

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Vitamin D Deficiency in Seniors – Impact and Tips

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Aging can impact the lives of seniors in several ways as it poses many health issues. Some signs could include extreme fatigue, muscle and joint pain, general weakness, lack of concentration and sleep disturbance. While many of these may be attributed to wear and tear of the body organs over the years, it is also indicative of a potentially dangerous problem which is causing growing concern recently-Vitamin D deficiency. This is more prevalent in the elderly population as nearly 40% of seniors worldwide suffer from it. Children with this deficiency have soft bones caused by Rickets disease.

Amongst the various recommended vitamins for senior diet, Vitamin D plays a significant role in the proper functioning of the body and prevents various diseases. Unlike other vitamins, the functioning of Vitamin D is similar to that of a hormone and all body cells have a receptor for it. Vitamin D is also needed for the absorption of calcium in the body.

As people grow older, their bodies lose the ability to synthesize Vitamin D naturally from sunlight. Additionally, with aging, the deterioration of the kidney functions fails to activate Vitamin D which is essential for proper assimilation in the body. Besides, elders are more likely to be indoors and have limited exposure to the sun and outdoor exercises or activity.

Common Risk Factors for Vitamin D Deficiency

  • Being dark-skinned
  • Old age
  • Having obesity
  • Imbalanced nutrition that lacks foods like dairy products and fish
  • Residing in cold regions with little or no exposure to natural sun rays
  • Constant usage of sunscreen lotion outside the home
  • Limited outdoor stay

Impact of Vitamin D Deficiency in Seniors

  • Low immunity and resistance in the body leading to increased risk of infections and illnesses
  • Unusual fatigue and tiredness and abnormally low energy levels
  • Chronic bone and back pain especially in the lower back due to low absorption of calcium
  • Mental depression particularly manifested as seasonal depression in the winter months
  • Impaired function of wound healing after surgical procedures, injuries or infection attacks
  • Loss of bone mineral density and bone mass leading to increased risk of experiencing fractures
  • Severe hair loss and stress due to an auto-immune disease called alopecia areata (which is more prominent in women)
  • Muscle cramps and pain due to poor interactions between the vitamin and pain-sensitive nerve cells
  • Increases chances of getting several ailments including osteoporosis, arthritis, cancer, heart disease and diabetes

Tips for Overcoming Vitamin D Deficiency

  • Seniors must ensure they get atleast ten minutes of uninhibited exposure to sun rays thrice a week for natural synthesis of Vitamin D.
  • Healthy Diet for Senior Citizens must incorporate foods like milk, breakfast cereals and juices daily for raising the Vitamin D levels. Other foods highly fortified with Vitamin D include cod liver oil, salmon, cheese, egg yolk, mackerel, tuna and beef. Several care facilities like Assisted Living Dining Experience provide a wide platter of menus containing such nutritious and delicious foods to prevent vitamin deficiencies in seniors.  
  • Take regular healthcare supplements as multivitamins to avoid medical complications.
  • Consult the doctor and undergo clinical tests for detecting Vitamin D deficiency even if any subtle symptoms are experienced.

 

Benefits of Vitamin D

  • Stronger bones and teeth
  • Enhanced body capacity to fight infections
  • Facilitates the carrying of messages through the nervous system
  • Aids in better muscular movement
  • Regulates cell growth and tissue repair

Senior Food Chart suggests a daily intake of 400 International Unit(IU) of Vitamin D for persons aged between fifty and seventy years. Elders above seventy years are advised to take a daily intake of 600 IU. Thus, fixing this deficiency is easy and simple though it gives long-lasting health benefits.

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Amazing Health Benefits of Tulasi

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The food we eat plays a significant role in maintaining our body and aging healthily. Though longevity of life has increased with medical advancements, nearly two-thirds of the senior population suffers from multiple chronic conditions. Sadly, that number is estimated to double by 2035! Hence, health experts recommend the use of plant-based diets for seniors for its enormous potential to prevent or reverse the symptoms of chronic ailments.

Senior Citizen Diet Plan assumes a critical role particularly after elders approach the so-called golden years of their life. That is so because the most preferred sweets, fatty, oily-fried and heavy calorie items and animal-based or processed foods are the primary causes of many diseases. Hence seniors must choose more healthy options available in the vegetarian menu.

Another reason for transitioning towards natural foods is the increased consciousness of preventive healthcare through nutritional approaches. Rather than adopting a reactive approach after disease manifestation, it is recommended to circumvent the illness itself through diet patterns. This can be done using a lot of herbal ingredients easily available everywhere. Even elderly care facilities including dietary assistance at Senior Independent Living Homes and Dining at Assisted Living use it in preparation of nutritious, tasty and customized menu for the residents.

One such medicinal herb widely used is the Indian Tulasi plant (or Holy Basil). Being richly endowed with enormous medicinal properties, Tulasi also happens to be a highly-valued ingredient in Ayurvedic treatments.

Health Benefits of Tulasi

  • Lowers stress and anxiety –Being a calming herb, Tulasi induces relaxation by its anti-stress activity. This is done by lowering the blood sugar and the cortisol hormone levels in the blood.
  • Produces anti-inflammatory effect –The eugenol present in Tulasi gives anti-inflammatory effects. Hence it was also used traditionally in the treatment of heart diseases.
  • Enhances the cognitive functioning of the brain-Memory related problems due to drug effects and aging particularly in seniors suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia can be treated with Tulasi. It increases memory and attention span by boosting acetylcholine levels and is also beneficial in preventing convulsions.
  • Protects the heart-By reducing the cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood, Tulasi protects the heart with its anti-oxidant properties.
  • Reduces hypertension –The high content of potassium in Tulasi lowers the blood pressure by inhibiting ACE (Angiotensin-converting enzyme) thereby preventing stroke and heart attacks.
  • Helps in Diabetes Management-By reducing fasting and post-meal blood sugar, Tulasi helps diabetic patients in reducing the symptoms of sugar imbalance.
  • Protects the liver-The synergistic effect of milk thistle and Tulasi is shown to protect the liver from the damaging effects of toxins.
  • Safeguards the stomach-Tulasi protects the mucus layer of the stomach by decreasing the secretion of the acidic pepsin which causes stomach ulcers.
  • Functions as an anti-oxidant- The strong anti-oxidant properties of Tulasi aid in combating the cadmium produced free radicals for restoring kidney and liver functioning.
  • Reduces pain-Tulasi can be used as a natural analgesic for effectively reducing pain in seniors.
  • Boosts immunity-Extracts of Tulasi leaves are known to have a positive effect on building the immunity responses of the body.
  • Has an anti-carcinogenic property –The anti-oxidant properties and the phytochemical content of Tulasi helps in preventing and treating cancer of the skin, lung, breast, stomach, liver and oral cavities.
  • Masks harmful radiation effects-The flavonoids in Tulasi protects the human blood cells from radiation- induced damage.
  • Promotes bone health-By increasing the calcium absorption, Tulasi accelerates the bone healing process.
  • Fights infections-Due to anti-virus and anti-bacterial properties, Tulasi fights infections effectively.
  • Lowers aging-Tulasi prevents cataracts and greying of hair due to aging.

So utilize the magical health properties of the highly- revered Tulasi plant for blissful aging!

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Fashion Outfits for Seniors

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“For God’s sake, dress your age!”  – this is a statement often meted out to seniors. But must fashion cease to exist if you advance in age? Can’t elders dress in style and make their own fashion statement? Of course, they can! If age is just a number and if it depends on the state of mind, most elders are younger than we are. So let us a take a look at some fashionable clothing for senior citizens and some elderly fashion designs that help them age gracefully.

How should the clothing for senior citizens be?

Senior clothing has to be selected with care to offer the elder the maximum comfort and convenience, using the following guidelines.

  • Clothing for senior citizens must be soft, comfortable and gentle on the skin.
  • They should be slightly loose so as to give them a convenience in wearing them. Loose fitting clothes are also easy to dress and undress.
  • Elastic should be provided at the waist for men’s pants and for women’s skirts.
  • Too many buttons, zips and fasteners should be avoided.
  • Deep necks and open collars can be avoided to keep out the cold during winter.
  • Winter clothing should be woollen supplemented by shawls, cardigans or pullovers.
  • Summer clothing should be light and preferably in cotton.

Apart from normal clothing for seniors, special adaptive clothing for an assisted living lifestyle is also available.

Clothes for seniors in an assisted living lifestyle

Seniors who follow an assisted living lifestyle are usually aged citizens with physical disabilities or infirmity. Elders living in senior living communities  must wear clothing that is easily washable, durable and easily maintained.  A unique  type of designing and stitching is required to cater to elders with special needs.

  • Aged citizens with decreased mobility like arthritis patients need special clothing to help them move their limbs freely without restriction.
  • Elders with urinary incontinence need open back pants and Velcro fastening to facilitate quick removal.
  • Seniors confined to wheelchairs require easy-wear paints with elastic at the waist.
  • Elderly women with senior health issues may need open back nightgowns and dresses.
  • All elders may need slip-resistant footwear.
  • Seniors with foot problems may need extra-wide shoes with Velcro.
  • Elders suffering from paralysis may need 2-way zipper pants with provision to insert catheters.
  • Elderly patients with muscular dystrophy need pen back vests and shirts, easy access pants and even adult bibs used for feeding.
  • Parkinson’s patients can use magnetic shirts that just latch on when you wear them without using hands.
  • Seniors with Alzheimer’s and Dementia may need single-piece apparel like anti-strip jumpsuits and undergarments that prevent them from getting disrobed easily.

All elderly clothing must be designed to maintain the dignity and comfort of the seniors at all times. Such clothes may not be available in all elderly fashion catalogues and might need special designing. But all senior living communities do provide comfortable and easily wearable clothing for elders to maximize their convenience.

How to select clothes for seniors?

While selecting clothes for seniors, comfort and care are given the first preference. But dignity and fashion too, need to be taken into account as all along, elders have been dressing in style to grace their offices and homes. They must continue to do so even if they adopt an assisted living lifestyle. So keep in mind these simple pointers while selecting clothes for seniors.

  1. Choose clothes for seniors keeping their dress preferences in mind.
  2. Select clothing that goes well with their physique and complexion.
  3. Clothes must fit snugly and make elders feel cosy and comfortable.
  4. Select clothes in a style that elevates the spirits of elders and make them feel better about themselves.

Dressing up for seniors can become an arduous task with age. Help them find some interest in it by supporting them and selecting fashion outfits that complement their age. Be it at home or in senior living communities, let elders dress up in style and live with dignity.

 

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Staying Cheerful While Aging

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Ageing is inevitable but ageing with grace is definitely desirable.  Elders often feel apprehensive about their age, looks and health as they become older. This is because when age catches up with them, they suddenly feel lost and helpless due to their loss of energy and immunity. It is at times like these that seniors should stay cheerful while ageing.

Staying cheerful while ageing makes elders feel younger, active and self-reliant. Here are some tips for healthy ageing for seniors.

Tips for healthy ageing

  1. Be active and exercise regularly

Exercise is an easy way to health and happiness for elders. Exercising daily releases endorphins in the body and these happy hormones keep the elders cheerful and healthy.

A Harvard study reveals that a daily routine of exercise reduces the chances of elders being disabled by 25%. Regular exercise for physically active elders improves their immunity and metabolism, prevents weight gain and reduces risks of diabetes, hypertension or cardiac ailments.

Tip – Elders must start with any cardio-based activities they like and do it with their friends. This gives them both company and motivation.

  1. Eat healthy food

Food not only satiates a senior’s appetite but also acts as a catalyst to induce cheerfulness and energy. Delicious and artfully-presented meals can improve an elder’s appetite. Elders must take healthy and balanced meals  with lots of fruits and vegetables. Seniors must consume lots of water along with calcium and magnesium supplements n the advice of their physician.

Tip Eating with family or with a companion works up a better appetite for elders than eating alone.

  1. Socialize

Staying connected with friends, family and community is very vital for seniors to stay cheerful and healthy. Social interaction keeps elders free of stress and lightens their spirits. In the company of their peers, elders tend to feel more wanted and welcome and hence enjoy life better in every way.

Tip – Elders must catch up with old friends daily, go walking with their neighbours, join a laughter club or meet up for a game of bridge or chess.

  1. Add purpose to life

Elders need to add purpose to their lives in their retirement years. All along, seniors have spent their entire life taking care of their work and family. Post-retirement or after the kids are married and gone, they suddenly feel idle and empty. This can cause severe depression in seniors.

Elders must bring a new dimension to their lives by seeking ways to occupy themselves. It could be by taking care of their own grandchildren, going for a part-time job, do volunteering at a charity organization or give company to another senior. Whatever the task may be, it makes seniors get rid of their isolation and boredom and keeps them active,  agile and amiable.

Tip – Elders must choose a task that adds meaning and purpose to their life and gives them immense satisfaction.

  1. Develop a new hobby

After retirement, seniors can now think of what interests them the most. They can pick up a new hobby like music  or sport and spend time developing their taste for it. Attending music or dance classes can keep elders occupied and active and free of disease. This hobby can also develop new pastimes for elders like attending concerts, performances or sports matches which is a great way to spend time with more people.

Tip – Seniors can opt for easy hobbies that can be done in groups and without much effort.

  1. Be trendy

Yes, old age gives elders a new lease of life. Now, seniors have all the time in the world to devote to themselves and they must. Elders must take better care of their appearance and groom themselves at beauty parlours, salons or spas. Seniors can go shopping with friends and refurbish their wardrobe. 

Tip – Being tech-savvy is one way of staying trendy and cheerful even in old age.

Staying cheerful while ageing is easy – all it takes is a little effort and determination.

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5 Reasons to Pursue Your Passion as You Age

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Passion is what drives us and keeps us motivated in life. A bunch of passionate people is what this world took to reach so far. Imagine the world full of passionate people who are consciously working towards it. This world would become even better to live.

However, there are various reasons that could make you compromise on your passion. Personal and professional responsibilities, career, inability to find time and age-factor and various other reasons, one’s desire to pursue their passion deter gradually. God bless those who have made their passion as their profession and who have found passion in their profession.

People who did not fall in these two categories might have been pushed towards other professions, leaving all their dreams behind. Retirement is the golden phase of life if you were forced to quit your passion. Having lived a life that is full of responsibilities and pressures, one would expect the retired life to be perfect.

What was your passion? Reading, music, traveling or painting? You have had your reasons to leave your beloved passion during the young age but say not this time around. With ample amount of time you have been provided with, you could learn a new art every day if you have the will.

This is your chance to make the post-retirement life perfect by finding your passion or to pursue that passion you have left in the days that have long gone. Here are 5 reasons as to why you should give another chance to explore your passion during the elderly phase.

  • Pursuing a Passion is the Reason in Life –

Life is difficult and congrats you made it seem easy, thanks to the great abilities you have shown the world over the years. With all the time you have now, you might want to find a new passion in order to find that reason again. It keeps you busy and you could make most of your post-retirement life.

  • Pursuing a Passion Keeps You Healthy –

Elderly life comes with time and it is common to see the elders wondering what they should do with it. Develop a passion! It not only keeps you busy but also keeps you healthy. Pursuing a passion keeps your body and mind in their best condition.

  • Passion Keeps You Positive –

Being positive during the elderhood is key. Your passion will have the ability of not allowing the mind to think any negative thought and the body to not to develop any negative habits.

  • Every Day Will Be a New Day –

With all the energy that is being churned out by the passion and from within, you will feel rejuvenated. Every day appears like a new day and the regular age-related health issues or depression stay away from your surroundings.

  • Your Passion Inspires Others –

Ever wonder how people look at a small kid who is playing the piano like a music maestro? You, as a senior citizen, will get the same admiration, in fact, more. In addition, you will have a definite impact on the people if you are pursuing a passion. You will have the power to inspire others.

Be it an art form, or a social responsibility or saving lives or fighting for a cause, as a senior citizen you will have a great impact on others if you are living with a purpose. In this sense, elders who are living in assisted living communities  will have more opportunities to explore their passion.

There is no better thing in the world than being an inspiration to the next generation and it is never late to do that by pursuing your passion as you age.

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Engaging Residents in Volunteering to Add Value to Senior Health

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Do you know which is the greatest joy? It is the joy of giving. “Giving” here does not imply charity but the giving of love, help and support. And elders are the people who both give and receive love the most.

Have you watched elders in senior living communities?  Look at the 80+ man who is tottering by himself. Yet when he lends a hand to his infirm friend to get up from his chair, watch the glow of life light up his eyes! It is this inner happiness of helping that keeps elders going strong in their autumn years.

It is this tendency of helping others that form the basis of volunteering. Healthy elders in senior independent living homes are motivated to become volunteers in order to give them a sense of purpose and fulfillment in life.

Why should elders be motivated to be volunteers in senior homes?

Elders who are physically fit can be motivated to become volunteers in senior homes as it helps them

  1. To be happy

The “Happiness Trifecta” is a group of hormones that keep everyone, especially the elders going. This group of 3 hormones- Serotonin, Dopamine and Oxytocin- works wonders for the elderly. Serotonin induces sleep, Dopamine keeps you motivated, and Oxytocin increases bonding.

Elders who volunteer at assisted living facilities experience a gush of these 3 happiness hormones. Volunteering is an act of love and bonding which induces oxytocin release. This act of helping gives them a motivation for bringing on dopamine secretion. Finally, a sense of satisfaction pervades inducing serotonin and sleep. In short, elders who volunteer in assisted living facilities  are the happiest.

  1. To be healthy

Elders who volunteer in senior homes are often the busiest. They need to move around, stretch their limbs, be alert and use all their mental and physical faculties. In short, volunteering involves physical exercise which elders do without even realizing it. Volunteering seniors remain physically fit and healthy without medicines.

  1. To drive away age-related diseases

Old age brings on a bout of diseases like diabetes, hypertension, cholesterol etc. All of these can be drastically reduced by shedding at least 5-7 kilos of body weight. All the moving around that the elder does while volunteering helps them lose weight unknowingly and thereby keeps diseases at bay.

  1. To keep their mind alert

When elders volunteer, their dopamine levels shoot up as they are motivated. A strong surge of dopamine is enough to keep the senior mentally alert and agile, driving old-age diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s away.

  1. To be socially connected

Old age brings on loneliness and isolation. Participating in volunteering activities helps elders to shed their inhibitions and interact with their peers, thus driving away depression and isolation. Volunteers in senior homes mingle with a lot of people, exchange experiences and remain socially connected and convivial.

  1. To live longer

A research by the University of Michigan scholars reveals that elders who spent 40 hours a year volunteering had 40 % more chances of living longer.

  1. To connect with the community

Elderly volunteers in senior homes act as the liaison between the elders and the outside community. They help the staff and visitors to interact with the elders and form a bridge for their communication. Residents at assisted living facilities can relate to the volunteer residents with their problems more easily. Geriatric problems like dementia and Alzheimer’s are better understand by volunteer residents who serve such patients and they effectively communicate this to the outside world.

Volunteering is thus vital for good health and longevity in elders in senior homes. An understanding assisted living facility realizes the value of volunteering in making the elders’ lives more meaningful and puts it to best use.

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Building Relationship in Later Years

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Emotions are the strings that are attached to your heart and health. Yes, physical health is governed by emotional well-being and mental balance and this is more so in the case of elders. Geriatric citizens feel the need for long-term relationships, bonding and togetherness. At old age, seniors crave for companionship with like-minded friends and wish to partake their experiences and exchange views and feelings. They want the joy of new company while nestled in the comfort of caring ones. This is best experienced in senior living communities.

Need for building relationships in later years

When elders are past their retirement age, they suddenly find themselves alone as their kids move out and settle separately on account of their career or education. This is the time when they feel a need to nurture new relationships. Building new relationships in later years is very vital  for elders because

  • Elders should not be isolated or left alone as this leads to depression and anxiety.
  • Staying happy is vital for healthy ageing and that comes only by being surrounded by the right company
  • An active social life helps the aged to remain physically fit and emotionally well-balanced.
  • Socially active seniors are less susceptible to cardiac diseases, arthritis or osteoporosis.
  • Maintaining friendships and being socially active sharpens the mind of elders and keeps them away from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

Senior living communities provide the best environ to build healthy relationships in the later years.

Building relationships in later years through assisted living facilities

As they age, elders seldom find opportunities to interact with new people. Yet socializing is very vital for their healthy living.  So how to provide the right forum for elders to interact, socialize and be cared in spite of their health disabilities? The answer lies in assisted living facilities.

  • Moving beyond the objective of providing mere elderly care and assistance, Assisted Living facilities offer a community for conviviality, companionship and camaraderie. Their philosophy is relationship-centered and based on providing emotional support to elders by enhancing their social activity through team activities.
  • No elder is ever left alone and isolated at senior living communities. These communities offer a “family’ atmosphere for elders with their staff and caretakers enjoying a good rapport with the residents. Seniors are encouraged to participate in outdoor activities and mingle with fellow inmates.
  • Activities at assisted living facilities are contrived to make the elders open up and mingle with others. Reading newspapers, playing chess, going for strolls, performing yoga, group meditation – all these activities are planned to make the elder never feel alone.
  • For energetic elders, Assisted living communities offer great opportunities to participate in simple outdoor activities like nature walks, gardening, badminton, aerobics, playing Frisbee or softball etc. Such kind of group activities help seniors to alleviate stress and relax themselves. These outdoor activities also help them to remain physically fit and emotionally happy.
  • For slightly disabled seniors, group activities like card games, chess, scrabble or carom board are encouraged. Music and film shows are also arranged by Assisted living communities to help them find solace to their souls.
  • Sometimes, fate takes a toll on the lives of elders. They lose their life partner and are in distress. Such people are in dire need of love, care and company. Assisted Living facilities provide them with an opportunity to make new meaningful friendships among fellow inmates and forge new bonds.

For seniors who have come full circle in life after completing their duties, a new lease of life should be provided by helping them build new relationships in their later years. Assisted Living offers long-term care facilities through care and companionship with complete commitment.

 

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