Be a Part of It

Good old fashioned fun

What is it you ask? Were referring to your life and its activities, hobbies, exercise, and just good old-fashioned fun? Any variety of these targets the social, physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional aspects of our well-being and has many benefits. Having fun can delay aging, improves your mood, and helps fight age related illness. Being active can help prevent or even control some chronic illnesses like heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis, and can actually affect how long we live. Hobbies make us feel good, and help maintain independence. When we participate in activities, we feel better about ourselves and have healthier relationships.

Being active in a group can be motivating. It means having companionship, and a feeling of safety and security. I think you gain the most when you exercise with other people. Exercise in and of itself is wonderful, but doing it with others has added benefits, it’s like therapy every day. You get support from your peers, share your goals, and lots of laughs. The mind/body connection is very important. Youll get better sleep, improved flexibility and balance, increased endurance, and a better quality of life.

Its vital to engage and relate with others who share the same sentiments. Seniors like to talk about their past accomplishments to gain a sense of identity, and have a sense of fulfillment. When they’re actively involved with others they receive emotional and physical benefits. Working with seniors for almost 40 years, its apparent that those who remain active and engaged are healthier in body, mind, and spirit. Also, its never too late. I’ve heard from families who tell me their mom or dad was a former loner or recluse. Once they moved to a retirement community and became involved, however, they saw a new side of them. Being with others pulls them out of their shells, and the social interaction has helped them immensely.

Those who are active boost their ability to think critically and analytically. Exercise, Tai Chi, card games, bingo, painting, singing and the like, can increase mental capacity. Seniors who are active remain mentally clearer and healthier. Physically active residents seem to have less illness and depression. Theyre sharper, and have less down time after surgery or set-backs. Trying something new, different, or challenging can possibly prevent or delay dementia or Alzheimer’s.

Change up your routine and reap the rewards of an active, engaged lifestyle. Doing it with others is a great way to start. The benefits of a well-rounded life experience are vast, so be a part of it.