Top Five Tips for Seniors to Stay Healthy and Active
Staying healthy and active is a challenge for many older Australians. A quarter of elderly live alone. It is estimated that by 2021, up to 24% of people living alone will be older Australians. (Australian Bureau of statistics).
When the elderly live away from family, whether in their own home or a retirement community, they often face limited mobility and reduced access to social activities. Lack of company may cause feeling of social isolation, affecting their health and emotional wellbeing.
Research reveals that regular social interaction keeps mental and physical health of seniors in peak condition and boosts their immune system (Yale Medical Group Research). National Institute of Aging research has also shown a strong correlation between quality social interaction and health and well-being among older adults.
To stay on top of your health, there are many ways you can get involved in new activities and enjoy the company of like-minded people.
Here are Five Ways for Elderly to Stay Connected and Active.
Join a group. One of the best ways to stay active socially is to get involved in groups or activities. Join a Lunch Club, Craft club or a Walking group. Many local libraries organize group activities for seniors. Check out the events calendar for Redlands libraries. STAR Community Services runs a weekly Lunch Club, includes transport to and from your home.
Learn something new. It is a cliché, but also correct – you're never too old to learn. Learning new things is good for cognitive stimulations. Take a pottery class or try your hand at photography. You may just discover a fun hobby.
Enjoy the outdoors and exercise. Go for a morning walk orjoin a gym to meet new people, and to keep fit both physically and mentally. Many gyms have senior’s fitness classes. The Fitness Protection Program from STAR is designed especially for those aged 65 and over to help with mobility and muscle strengthening.
Indulge in your favorite craft and hobby. Hobbies provide a sense of purpose. Get sewing or scrapbooking. Start a veggie patch or research your family history. Mentally engaging leisure activities have been cited as a possible protective factor against dementia (New England Journal of Medicine, 2003)
Give Technology a go. Facebook and Google are not the exclusive domains of teenagers. Technology is in fact extremely handy in keeping in touch with loved ones, and researching topics of interest. Libraries and many non-profit organisations organise free introductory classes for seniors to try their hand at iPads and Smart Phones.
STAR Companions can visit you in your home and keep you company. Whether you simply need someone to chat with, enjoy crosswords, puzzles, sharing stories, have a meaningful conversation or to give you a hand with weekly shopping, going to the movies out for lunch or dinner- we would be delighted to assist you.
STAR Companionship services include escorts to medical appointments, hairdressing appointments, social events, assisted shopping and similar services. Call STAR Care Coordinator Colleen on 07 3821 6699 to discuss how we can help you.