In the lives of seniors, physical and mental health plays a major role, which is linked to optimism, wisdom and loneliness. Scientists have found new findings that can assist in the development of new health-focused interventions among aging populations.
Ten thousand baby boomers turn 65 years of age every day and that age or older will be the entire generation between 1946 and 1964 by 2029. For millions of Americans, this should be a problem because advance aging is associated with decreasing cognitive, physical, and mental health.
How Seniors Can Keep Good Health
Older adults living in senior homes have factors that positively and negatively impact their physical and mental functions, such as wisdom, loneliness, income, and sleep quality. Healthy aging can happen with managing your physical health, which is directly correlated to good cognitive function and mental health.
Traits of Optimism
Senior homes are useful areas for elderly adults to study and promote health. Typically, seniors are primarily focused on disease and risk factors. Most of the focus was on the elderly, unhealthy diets, and absence of exercise. Instead, we should focus on variables that make up the entire individual.
Feeling protected leads to feeling psychological characteristics such as optimism, resilience, wisdom, and compassion for oneself. While somebody dealing with solitude has greater adverse trait risk factors.
What Seniors Need for a Positive Mindset
Many seniors are not supported by younger family members who serve as caregivers. Most younger family members have employment and kids to handle, leaving seniors with the choice to stay at home and to be lonely or moving to senior homes where they can have assistance and social involvement.
The decision of moving into a senior facility can become complicated by factors, such as financial costs of senior housing. The eventual goal would be to develop new health-focused interventions based on such research. Senior centers in the community should incorporate activities that address physical, social and mental aspects. We can all do something to improve and strengthen the quality of life of our aging population.
Physical Health Improves Mental Health
Growing older brings challenges, like the decline of physical strength and mobility, which can feel like a barrier to keeping fit. However, there are workarounds that enable older adults to remain active.
For example, aerobic exercise is great for brain function, but doing it in water can reduce the impact on muscles and joints. For those with limited mobility, chair exercise routines are a great way to increase heart rate and strength the upper body. And a gentle walk outside will do a world of good.
What You Eat Affects your Mood
What we put inside our bodies has an effect on our mental well-being too. Eating a well-rounded, healthy diet helps people feel better overall.
There are also some foods that can improve mood. For example, omega-3 fatty acids from fish as well as zinc and B vitamins from fruits like bananas can help improve depressive moods. And reducing foods like starchy carbs can help too.
The Victorian Assisted Living and Retirement Community
The Victorian is an assisted living and retirement community that makes living independently, while at the same time feeling safe and secure, a reality. We strive to provide the best quality of life for all residents including those suffering from loneliness and depression.
We offer a comprehensive activity program that includes both physical and social activities to encourage emotional well-being. Our staff is trained to assist those with depression. If you or a loved one are considering assisted living, contact The Victorian today to learn more about our services or tour our community.