In perhaps one of his most famous quotes, Mark Twain once said “age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, then it just doesn’t matter.” Not minding the processes of aging, however, is easier said than done. Age has a way of taking its toll on multiple aspects of your health and body, including your mental clarity and your physiological strength.
Yet, every once in a while we hear a story about a unique man or woman who has seemingly overcome the trials of old age and has managed to maintain their mental and physical vivacity long into their elderly years. There are men running marathons, women running triathlons and vice-versa. Well into their 80s and 90s, there are adults taking advantage of their mental capacities and putting their brains to the test by becoming involved in their community through multiple outlets.
There is a collection of evidence that suggests the lifestyle choices of adults will directly influence an individual’s life expectancy and quality of life with age. These lifestyle choices include emotional fulfillment, physical activity and willingness to accept mental challenges, all components of our Balanced Care Method™ here at Warren Home Care Assistance. With that, here are a few methods that may help to enhance your own mental clarity with age:
- Exercise Regularly – A healthy balance of cardiovascular and strength-training activities is ideal to help prevent weight gain and the onset of arthritis. It is important that seniors stick to low-intensity activities such as walking, swimming and yoga to help reduce the chance of injury
- Challenge Your Brain – Engaging regularly in mental challenges such as puzzles like Sudoku and crossword puzzles can reduce one’s risk of mental deterioration with age. Other mental activities such as reading, writing and engaging in regular conversation with loved ones can also support mental vivacity. Seniors may also look to take new classes at their local community center or college, all great ways to strengthen the mind and combat conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. If you have an aging parent or loved one who is struggling with memory loss, learn more about Alzheimer’s home care in Warren.
- Find a Purpose – Many people begin to slow down in their retirement years as a result of lost employment. After years of heading into the office and taking care of children, a blank schedule can be stressful in new ways. It is important for seniors to find a way to add meaning to their life whether by volunteering or simply staying in touch with family and friends. The impact companionship can have on a senior’s outlook can be overwhelmingly positive.
If you are concerned about the health of your aging parent or loved one and are not able to check-in on them regularly, learn the benefits of a an hourly or live-in Warren caregiver. Call 866-454-8346 to schedule a free in-home consultation where you can learn more about how Home Care Assistance is helping seniors live happy, healthy lives at home.