National Seniors Day was celebrating earlier this month which is always a time to shine a light on our senior communities, their contribution, their lifestyle and most importantly, their wellbeing.
Wellness is essential to happiness and creating an environment at home which is comfortable, fosters independence and offers convenience, taking positive steps to improving quality of life.
Whilst there is never one size fits all, we offer below our holistic approach to ways in which seniors can approach wellness within the home.
1. Create a relaxing and organized space
You may have heard the expression ‘tidy desk, tidy mind’ – well exactly the same concept applies to your home. When you de-clutter it leaves clean lines and automatically creates a sense of calm and relaxation visually.
Set aside a few days to organize your items and accept things will get messier before they get tidier, in the knowledge that you will reap the rewards once the job is done.
2. Prioritize Physical Health
Exercise prevents or delays many of the health problems that can occur with age.
By establishing a daily routine, you will sleep better, eat better and feel happier. There are many enjoyable, low impact forms of exercise such as seated equipment at the gym, yoga, pilates, walking with a friend in the park and more.
Regular exercise also helps your muscles grow stronger so you can keep doing your day-to-day activities without becoming dependent on others.
3. Practice mindfulness and meditation
Mindfulness can be described as a type of meditation which takes you into a state of deep relaxation.
In turn this period of quiet and calm rewards your physical body with less stress and anxiety, improved mood and it is even said to improve sleep and reduce blood pressure.
A daily practice of 20 minutes per day is recommended for maximum efficiency.
4. Upgrade your home to maximize convenience
New technologies save time and effort, freeing you up to get on with enjoying the things you love.
Upgrading your home to practical eye level appliances, smart technology which controls anything from the temperature to your lighting and even a home elevator which futureproofs your home for life, are all worth investing in.
Having preventative measures in place, means that should you ever become less mobile, everything is ready to go and allows you to continue to live a fully independent and confident life.
5. Stay connected with friends and family
Socialization has been proved to be one of the most effective ways for seniors to improve and sustain good mental health.
According to the American Public Health Association, socialization improves mood, cognition, memory recall, and is associated with healthy behaviors, including exercise.
Seniors are more at risk of social interaction, so factoring in a routine which allows you to stay in touch with groups, or friends and family provides a great sense of belonging and prevents isolation.