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Active as you Age …

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Activities for senior citizens can include hobbies like cabinet building, cake decorating, painting, crafting, swimming and a host of other things. Hobbies have a mind body connection that benefits active seniors aging in place by promoting their physical and mental well being. Who knew that having fun can help you delay aging, improves your mood and help fight age related illness?

Staying active as we age is important to our overall health. We have a body comprised of muscle and we are meant to be active and moving beings. It is important to understand that inactivity results in consequences such as poor health and chronic illness.

Participating in regular physical activity can help prevent or maintain control in some chronic illnesses such as: heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and some types of cancer. Regular physical activity can also improve our overall quality of life by delaying disability and affecting how long we live.

Hobbies promote socialization, physical activity as well as using our minds. Using all of our muscles, including our brain is important to avoiding dementia and Alzheimer’s. It is also important to be aware of your emotions, your thoughts and your behaviors. Participating in hobbies helps us feel good about ourselves and have healthy relationships.

Activities for senior citizens help maintain independence

Having an active lifestyle contributes a healthy body and mind and helps to maintain independence. Hobbies can help an active senior to increase their ability to focus, improve their memory, reduce stress, enhance the immune system and improve their self esteem.

Active seniors that are aging in place are able to stay connected to family and friends. Having hobbies also gives them the ability to surround themselves with people whose company they enjoy. Many active seniors participate in their hobbies in the community that they live in.

Walking, gardening, dancing, and swimming are just a few hobbies that can help you stay active.