Maintain Your Well Being as You Get Older

As people get older, they often find themselves spending more and more time at home alone. The isolation can lead to depression and is not good for your health.

But emerging research suggests older adults who engage in activities they believe to be meaningful and enjoyable feel happier and healthier. Some studies also find lower rates of dementia among people who stay socially active and connected with others.

While research is ongoing, following are some of the benefits seniors can reap from an active lifestyle

Participating in hobbies and other social and leisure pursuits may lower risk for developing some diseases and health problems, including dementia.

According to one study, older adults who reported taking part in social activities (such as playing games, belonging to social groups, or traveling) or meaningful, productive activities (such as having a paid or unpaid job, or gardening) lived longer than people who did not.

srvol2Older adults who participate in what they believe are meaningful activities, like volunteering in their communities, say they feel happier and healthier, experiencing personal satisfaction from the experiences. They may also enjoy long-term benefits such as lower risk of developing disability, dependency, and dementia in later life.

Studies suggest that volunteering can help with stress and depression from the death of a spouse. Among people who experienced a loss, those who took part in volunteer activities felt more positive about their own abilities.

Another line of research is exploring how participating in creative arts might help people age well. For example, studies have shown that older adults’ memory, comprehension, creativity, and problem-solving abilities improved after an intensive, 8-session acting course. Other studies are providing new information about ways that creative activities like music or dance can help older adults.

You may also want to consider signing up for a customized brain training program from Optiminds. We have a reputation in metro Detroit for helping people of all ages enhance their cognitive skills with exercises and techniques designed to stimulate target areas of the brain. Learn more about us by calling us today at (248) 496-0150 or by visiting us at: optimindsct.com.

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