Stay Active and Social
Tammy Adams and Susan Fisher, Special to The Standard
For many seniors, staying active and social is key to a healthy and enjoyable lifestyle. Unfortunately, due to age-related limitations, mobility issues, and other factors, seniors often feel isolated and disconnected from the world around them. This is why it’s so important for seniors to prioritize staying active and social.
Staying active and social can have numerous positive impacts on the mental and physical health of seniors. Exercising and maintaining a social life can help reduce depression, anxiety, and loneliness and also improve cognitive function, reduce the risk of falls, and strengthen the immune system. Being socially active also helps seniors stay connected to their community, which can be especially beneficial for those who no longer drive or are unable to leave their homes, due to mobility issues. Joining a club or social group can help seniors stay connected to their peers, build new relationships, and gain access to valuable resources.
The good news is, staying social and active isn’t as hard as it may seem. There are many activities seniors can do to stay active and social. Examples are: participating in a community walking group, attending local events, or joining a senior centre or Adult Day Program, such as the Silver Lights Adult Day Program for Dementia, in Lindsay. Seniors can also take up hobbies like gardening, playing cards, or painting. Getting together with family and friends for meals or game nights can also be a great way to stay connected.
For those who may not be able to leave their homes, there are still plenty of ways to stay social and active. Engaging in online activities can help seniors stay connected with friends, family, and the community.
Technology can also help seniors stay active, with applications and devices designed to help seniors stay motivated and track their progress. No matter how seniors choose to stay active and social, it’s important to note, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Seniors should take the time to find activities and hobbies which they enjoy and which fit their lifestyle. With the right approach and motivation, seniors can stay active and social while living a healthy and enjoyable lifestyle.
Tammy and Susan run Silver Lights Senior Services, a family-owned and operated seniors’ homecare company, serving the City of Kawartha Lakes, Port Perry and Uxbridge. A New Adult Day Program for Dementia is now open in Lindsay, ON. Find them on Facebook and Instagram or visit their website, at www.silverlightsseniorservices.com. To book services, call Tammy, at 705 308 1940 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.