Are you watching your loved one lose some of the zest for life that he/she once had. Don't worry, many individuals encounter problems regarding senior health? Perhaps you're wondering how your mom or dad can get their enthusiasm, positive-outlook or vibrancy back. Read the top hobbies that beat out the others for improving energy levels, cognitive function, physical, and emotional health.
Hobbies For Senior Health
If your loved one doesn’t suffer from dementia or cognitive decline, “giving back” through volunteering to local charities, fundraisers, or homeless shelters will provide a sense of purpose that your family member may have lost. Has your loved one retired or stopped doing the things that once kept him/her active, vibrant, and feeling “alive”?
You don’t have to invest a lot of time volunteering to make a huge impact on someone else’s life.
The value of human connection and helping someone through a difficult time cannot be overstated especially in our senior living communities. When your loved one donates time, he/she is not only providing a public service that improves a struggling person’s life, the act of charity also provides psychological and physical benefits to the giver.
People who actively volunteer once a week are less prone to depression, anxiety, high blood pressure, and cardiac problems. Instead of “retreating inward” to remain focused on personal problems and worries, people who volunteer, consciously direct their motives, intentions, and actions to others less fortunate. By purposefully thinking about others than yourself, you consequently bring perspective, balance, and harmony back into your own life.
Walking is one of the great senior activities that most individuals can do, and enjoy doing! You’ve heard that cardiovascular exercise is good, but it’s vital for your aging parent to prevent senior health problems like obesity, hypertension, and diabetes.
Even a slow, 20-minute walk elevates your heart rate, reduces blood pressure and strengthens the cardiac muscles. Additionally, walking lowers your risk for a blood clot because the heart acts like a pump, contracting and circulating blood throughout your entire body.
According to Michael A Schwartz, MD of Plancher Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in New York, walking is good for the bones and it can stop the loss of bone mass for people with osteoporosis. Better still - add in a weight-bearing exercise like climbing a few flights of stairs to rebuild bone mass.
You’re loved one doesn’t need to do anything drastic like take a walk on a steep incline for an hour a day. Small changes can have a lasting impact. So, get moving together for 15 minutes a day, and make a toast to longer and healthier lives!
By making yoga a daily practice, your loved one will reap physical and psychological benefits. Many yoga poses focus on balance and stability which are essential for the aging body. Most older adults report not feeling intimidated during beginner’s yoga or yoga for seniors classes. Exercises are gentle on the joints, and you don’t have to be in pristine shape to perform them correctly.
In most cities, you can’t go two blocks without seeing a yoga studio. Enthusiasts of the exercise can be found among every age group, race, ethnicity, and background. I’m sure you’ve heard at least one story of the person who quit their job, opened a yoga studio, and dedicated his/her life to the practice.
What is all the yoga fuss about, anyway?
Yoga has actually been around for more than 5000 years and originated in northern India. The practice made its way to the west, but very slowly, and it wasn’t until the 1980’s that yoga became a popular form of exercise in America.
Advocates of yoga are convinced that the exercise drastically improves physical and emotional health. The practice has a restorative aspect that leaves devotees feeling renewed from the inside-out. When seniors do the poses, their breathing slows down, and the parasympathetic nervous system is triggered. The results? Less anxiety, worry, and stress. This is the type of feel-good activity that can’t be duplicated with medications or any quick-fix method.
There they are; The top healthy hobbies for seniors. While your loved one won’t experience dramatic improvements in health and well-being overnight, with regular practice, your family member will report feeling rejuvenated and energized.
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