As we grow older there is an increasing need to stay active – both socially and physically. Although, as we grow we may not have the same energy as we once did or the need for a vast amount of social interactions, but keeping active can have some truly positive impacts.
Exercising can be very helpful mentally. When one works out, the body releases endorphins which are positivity boosters for the mind. Exercising can help seniors to ensure they are not feeling depressed and it can help their overall mood. In addition, exercising helps to improve strength and mobility. This is very proactive because normally as we get older we tend to become more sedentary; however, staying active ensures our bodies stay strong. Exercising can come in many different forms, many of us think about going to the gym and lifting weights. However, for a senior, exercising can be very simple like taking daily walks, swimming, or maybe even taking an exercise class. This can also help seniors to become socially engaged as well.
Keeping in touch with friends can also become difficult as we get older. However, having a strong relationship with a couple of friends and family members can help ensure seniors have a healthy support system. This also helps to ensure that seniors do not feel lonely or isolated. Those types of feelings can lead to depression. Having friends and family to spend time with also helps to engage our minds and allows to enjoy reminiscing moments in life and keep our minds as active as possible. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, “researchers found evidence that elderly people in the U.S. who have an active social life may have a slower rate of memory decline”.
Aging is something that almost everyone goes through. As humans it’s a part of life, but we can take steps to make it as healthy as possible so that we can enjoy growing older rather than dreading or fearing it. Staying active both physically and socially help our seniors to stay as young as possible for longer periods of time.
“Active Social Life May Delay Memory Loss among U.S. Elderly Population.” News, Harvard School of Public Health, 13 Jan. 2014, www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/press-releases/active-social-life-delay-memory-loss-us-elderly/.
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