5 Tips for Fun and Healthy Senior Living

Happy, Healthy seniors
10/14/2015

If you think that healthy senior living healthy has to be boring, think again! There’s a whole host of fun, exciting and rewarding activities that won’t just keep you entertained, they’ll keep your mind sharp and your body strong. Whether you’re looking for something that you can engage in on your own or you’re interested in a fulfilling group activity, we’d like to give you five tips that will help to keep you happy, healthy and well.

1. Care for a pet

For seniors who live alone or in assisted living, pet ownership has been shown to lower blood pressure, reduce stress and increase social interaction. On top of these immediate benefits, the companionship of a beloved pet reduces depression and, most importantly, helps seniors live more “in the moment.”

2. Read a book

In seniors, reading can help to enhance memory and sharpen analytical skills. Additionally, recent research has shown that active reading can assist in the preservation of brain structures and delay the onset of Alzheimer’s and dementia.

3. Be creative

Beyond providing seniors with a creative outlet, art is a great way to relax, socialize and raise self-esteem. Whether alone or in groups, devoting time to the creative process can be a rewarding exercise, both physically and mentally.

4. Stay active

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that exercise is a great way to stay healthy. But did you know that it can also benefit seniors suffering from arthritis, heart disease or diabetes? Regular physical activity isn’t just a good way to stay strong and fit, it’s a great way to improve your overall wellness.

5. Take up a hobby

Finding a new hobby is one of the best ways to keep your mind active and improve your social life. Group hobbies, such as cooking, chess or singing, are an amazing way to get out there and meet new people.

At Heritage Community of Kalamazoo, we provide the best senior living in Kalamazoo. Whether you’re looking for independent living or assisted living, our grounds are designed to feel like home and, more importantly, to provide seniors with ample outlets to help maintain their health. If you’ve been looking for a welcoming senior community, for yourself or a loved one, contact us today to learn more about the Heritage Community of Kalamazoo.

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