Tips for Healthy Aging

staying healthy in retirement communities in Denver

Aging is a process that we cannot escape or avoid, but we can do a lot to age in a beautiful and healthy way. Here are some tips for staying healthy in retirement communities in Denver:

  • Stay active – regular physical exercise and a good social life are essential for healthy aging. While meeting friends and family regularly is essential for our emotional and mental well-being, physical activity keeps our body fit and our brain sharp;
  • A healthy diet – eating healthy is important at any age, but as time goes by, it becomes an essential element of life. A diet that contains lots of fresh fruits, vegetable and proteins coming from lean meat and fish are very important, just like proper hydration, achieved consuming water, fresh fruit juices, smoothies and herbal tea;
  • Getting enough sleep – giving your body time to rest sufficiently also becomes more important with age. Try to get 7-9 hours of rest during the night – it will make you more active during the day;
  • Regular visits to your doctor – make prevention a priority and get regular medical check-ups to make sure that any health problem is caught in time;
  • Include me-time – getting a massage, visiting a beauty salon are very refreshing and you deserve the best treatment.

 

Ways to Stay Connected to Aging Parents During Covid Restrictions

stay in touch with residents of assisted living facilities in Denver

Staying in touch is very important in periods of crisis, the global health crisis that we are facing today being no exception. Covid restrictions are hard to cope with for everyone, but for the elderly, it is perhaps harder than for younger generations – here are some tips about how to stay in touch with them to make coping easier:

  • Call your aging loved ones regularly and be positive during the calls – attitude is contagious, positive and negative alike, so your cheerful attitude will stick with the aging person at the other end of the line. Maintaining a positive attitude is essential even if you don’t feel very positive;
  • Use video calls if possible – many seniors today use modern communication channels, such as video calls. If your elderly relative knows how to use smartphones for video calls or it is possible to teach them remotely, use that method whenever you can;
  • Allocate time for grandparent-grandchild meetings – one of the hardest parts of COVID lockdown is that grandparents are cut off from their grandchildren. Bridge that gap by putting your kids and seniors in touch again, by letting them spend together as much time as they want to through digital devices – your kids need their grandparents just as much.

Many concerned assisted living facilities in Denver have COVID health advisories to help protect their residents. They are saying that those with any respiratory symptoms or fever are encouraged to distance from senior living facilities.

Healing Power of Pets for the Elderly

Pets bring great benefits to the lives of seniors – physical, mental and emotional.

Protecting cardiovascular health

With a furry friend around the house, certain physical parameters change, such as blood pressure and pulse. In other words, there are fewer risks of hypertension and myocardial infarction – two of the major health problems elderly people confront with.

assisted living Denver residents positively benefit from caring for pets

A more active life

Seniors who care for an animal tend to be less sedentary and have a more active life. They are more motivated to get out of bed and go out to provide their beloved pet with what they need (walking, eating, playing, etc.).  The good news is that seniors who care for a small dog or cat can typically find a positive assisted living Denver community that will allow them to enjoy the benefits of animal companionship.

Improving mental health

Pets also have a favorable impact on mental health. Dogs in particular contribute in a concrete way to the stimulation of cognitive functions. This is great, especially as the elderly have a predisposition towards memory loss and more serious learning difficulties.

Reduction of depressive episodes

Contact with animals improves mood in general, managing to induce a slight decrease in the duration and intensity of depressive and anxious episodes.

Fighting loneliness

When interacting with a cat or a dog, seniors feel less alone; this is particularly important after a personal loss.