Ways to Stay Young at HeartJanuary 10, 2019
Here at Blue Harbor Senior Living, we're always finding ways to feel forever young. Whether it's picking up a new hobby or learning a foreign language, we know that having fun, making new friends, and trying new things are all ways to stay happy and healthy. Love our fun-loving and youthful community spirit? We've put together a list of tips for how you can stay young at heart in 2019!
Learn Something New!
Not only is learning fun, but it also keeps our minds sharp! By stimulating our cognitive functions, learning strengthens our brains and memory. In fact, studies show that cognitively active seniors are 2.6 times less likely to develop dementia than similarly aged individuals who engage in less cognitive activity. For additional information about the memory-boosting impact of intellectual activity, check out our blog on the age-defying benefits of reading.
As a part of our activities programs, we offer many opportunities for residents to learn new things. From art and cooking classes, to yoga and meditation, to music and poetry classes, at Blue Harbor, we offer fun activities for everyone. To view a sample calendar of activities, visit any one of our communities’ individual pages.
Make New Friends and Connections
If you're looking to broaden your horizons and boost your mood, there's nothing more rewarding than friendship, socializing, and shared laughs. Bonding with others makes us feel happier encourages us to have fun!
As we age, it's common to begin to withdraw and become more isolated. However, it's important to make sure you get enough social interaction. If you aren't living in senior housing, ask your friends and family for suggestions about different social opportunities. You could join a community club, find a reading group, or sign up for a class. Not only will socializing help keep you feel more connected, but it will also warm your heart and keep you feeling happy. Learn more about the health benefits of social connections on our blog.
Stay Active and Hydrated
Staying active boosts our immunity, improves our overall health, and gives a huge mood boost! Not only does exercise make us feel younger, but it also makes us look younger, too! So, if you want strong bones, a healthy heart, glowing skin, and a happy mood, try adding in regular low-impact exercise into your weekly routine.
Heavy workouts or excessive exercise are not recommended for seniors, so it's also important not to overdo it. Try low-impact exercise, like Tai Chi or balance exercises. Daily walks are a fantastic option, too (discover the health benefits here!). As you’re increasing your daily physical activity, make sure you’re staying adequately hydrated (at least 8 glasses of water a day is recommended) and getting plenty of rest and relaxation.
Healthy Brain-Boosting Foods!
Our True Blue family loves to make delicious, home-cooked meals for residents. Even if you're not living in a senior housing, however, you can still find ways to keep a balanced diet.
Try incorporating superfoods into your diet, such as these 5 from our blog! Our tip this year? Small, frequent meals containing super nutritious brain-boosting ingredients (think: lots of foods rich in Omega-3s!). What are a few of the best foods for your brain? We're listing a few here, but check out our full blog for the details:
- Avocados. Nutrient-rich and full of healthy fats, avocados keep your skin glowing, blood sugar levels steady, and are known to help improve cognitive function.
- High in antioxidants, blueberries can protect us from the effects of stress and aging.
- Coconut oil. A natural anti-inflammatory agent, coconut oil is known to help soothe a wide variety of different ailments, from high cholesterol to digestive issues.
- Green leafy vegetables. Research shows that a diet rich in leafy greens, such as spinach, kale, or chard, can actually help slow mental deterioration. Not only do they help to keep our brains strong, but they also help to keep our bones strong!
A New Year, a New You
We hope that you find these tips to be helpful as you enter the new year seeking health and happiness! What kinds of things help you to feel forever young? Reach out to us on Facebook to let us know! If you are interested in learning more about life at Blue Harbor, or would like more information about the True Blue approach, we’d love to talk to you; just drop us a line and we’ll set up a time to talk. Happy New Year!
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