May 3, 2023 - Assisted Living
Aging Gracefully: Comfort Care Senior Living
Aging doesn’t mean your life loses meaning. Seniors deserve to live their best life as they enter their golden years, including activities to help keep their bodies healthy, minds sharp, and moods elevated. Peregrine Senior Living communities allow seniors to build rich social lives and have time for their favorite hobbies.
With the proper care, seniors can have the mental, physical, and emotional health to enjoy the next phase of their life.
What Does It Mean to Age Gracefully?
Aging gracefully isn’t about trying to recapture your youth but embracing the positive aspects of aging. Among some, bitterness can seep into their attitudes about the years passing by, but there’s an opportunity to become happier as you age.
By moving into an independent living community, you can limit the stressors that emerge from maintaining a home and surround yourself with others enjoying the same stage of life. Your feelings about aging can influence how you experience it.
Seeing the aging process through a balanced perspective, and staying open to new experiences and connections, are critical components of aging gracefully. The activities you enjoy as you age, and how you approach them, make a difference.
How to Age Gracefully
Your golden years are the best time to pursue meaningful activities you may have missed out on during more intense career years. Focusing on what’s most important to you and trying new things can keep life exciting and maintain your health.
Exercise can help lower your risk of developing heart disease and cancer at any age, and releases endorphins to give you energy. Even if your mobility is somewhat limited, there are low-impact options that can still give you the benefits of reduced stress, improved sleep, and elevated mood.
If you’re stressed, in pain, and tired, exercises can help perk you up. It’s recommended that all adults get 2.5 to 5 hours per week of moderate physical activity. Some examples can include:
Incorporating balance and flexibility exercises can help in graceful aging. Chair yoga is a beginner-friendly activity that also does wonders for your mental and emotional health. Several yoga poses are accessible to seniors, and all you need is a sturdy chair.
Explore New Hobbies
In a senior living community, the care team handles many of your less exciting daily tasks, so you have time to do what you love. It’s the perfect time to try or return to unexplored hobbies. Seniors who make time for leisure activities are happier and live longer.
Art projects can help improve seniors’ cognitive functions. Those who engage in arts and crafts like drawing, knitting, woodworking, painting, and more are less likely to develop mild cognitive impairment than those who don’t participate in artistic activities.
The arts have many more benefits, such as:
- Providing a chance to make friends
- Offering physical advantages
- Stimulating fine motor skills
- Improving mental health
- Diminishing cognitive decline
- Giving a sense of accomplishment
Seniors can also benefit from the positive effects of listening to music. Memories are linked with music and can connect to the brain like nothing else. A song from your youth can take you back to the moments it played, whether it was your wedding day, a summer road trip, or when your child was born.
Prioritize Your Mental Health
Maintaining a positive attitude and low stress levels are a natural by-product of living your best life. Nurturing relationships with friends and family can feed your soul and are a great way to elevate your mood.
Whether you have family over for dinner at your Peregrine Senior Living community’s dining room or spend an afternoon at the park with your loved ones, coming away from a fulfilling social encounter can improve mental and physical well-being.
Spending time with furry friends has also been linked to a boost in mental health. Whether you’re spending time in nature or volunteering at an animal shelter or rescue, finding the things that bring you joy make aging enjoyable.
Improve Your Quality of Life in Our Communities
Your retirement years can be lively as ever if you focus on the things you love. Schedule a visit to our independent living community to learn how your lifestyle can improve when you have more time to yourself, doing what matters to you.