3 Healthy Habits in Seniors That Go a Long Way!

3 Healthy Habits in Seniors That Go a Long Way!

Fun Fact! According to a 2019 United Nations report, approximately 2 billion people i.e. over 20% of the world population will be 60 years or older by 2050. The report also reveals that Asia will have the largest number of senior citizens in the next 30 years. Going by this data, we will have more seniors in the world with more life experiences to learn from and greater opportunities to achieve more. 

You’d agree,  growing old is priceless. It’s a beautiful gift of nature ripe with many joys, several learnings and oodles of wisdom. Growing old also offers a unique opportunity to set forth a path of goodness, happiness and wellness. While there’s no denying that old age comes with its set of emotional and physical struggles, with an optimistic outlook and an array of healthy lifestyle practices in place, growing old can become more blissful and truly satisfying.

This World Senior Citizen’s Day, it’s time we honor all grown ups in our lives and spread smiles on their faces. To help you make the day more meaningful, here are some healthy habits that you can inculcate yourself or encourage  seniors in your life to adopt early on or whenever possible and continue to live life to the fullest.

Exercise the Brain
Keeping the brain active as we age is crucial in keeping the memory sharpened and the mind refreshed. A good way to inculcate this habit is by feeding creativity into the mind. Once we are retired, our brain gets fewer opportunities to get fuelled by challenges. Therefore to keep up agility and alertness of the mind, seniors world over are encouraged to indulge in mind-stimulating activities like solving word or number puzzles, crosswords, riddles, quizzes, etc. Another great exercise for the mind is to learn new skills, a new language or an activity that helps strengthen the brain and boost its function.

Give Some Form of Physical Activity a Try!
Staying as active as possible is the best way to boost longevity and overall fitness. Following a mild to moderate exercise regime or the one recommended by your healthcare expert, can help add more life to your being and prevent instances of chronic pain and memory loss. Additionally, increased activity produces endorphins or feel-good hormones in the body to help cope with newer changes more smoothly. Regular exercise also has excellent metabolic and immune responses that add to mental and physical wellness and better health. Certain forms of exercises like yoga can help manage pain and reduce discomfort. However, before starting any physical activity, always remember to consult your physician. If suggested to go ahead, start small and increase the intensity with time. If exercise or yoga doesn’t engage you, try looking for alternative activities that you may enjoy. Gardening, walking the pet, stretching or enrolling in a dance class with a family member can be great ways to soothe stiffness in the body.

Keep up Your Social Life
Interacting with friends and family even virtually can work wonders in the later years. According to several studies seniors who have a busy social life are reported to be livelier, positive and more physically active. Having a community or virtual classes with a group of friends can inculcate positive feelings, reignite passion for life and keep negative thoughts at an all time low. If you know seniors with  reduced social interactions due to social distancing, introduce them to reconnect with older friends on social media or through video calls. Seniors can also seek out other like-minded people in spiritual groups or alumni circles and interact with them to break everyday monotony and have a more fulfilled outlook towards living.

By: Anubha Hatwal | on 2020-08-20

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