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Be Ahead of a Fall Injury: Critical Prevention Tips For You

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Falls are one of the leading causes of injuries in the geriatric population. As such, it is crucial to be proactive about preventing any falls from occurring in your home. As people age, falling becomes more and more likely because of a number of factors.

These factors can include:

  • Loss of mobility
  • Vision problems
  • Side effects of prior medication
  • Lack of traction
  • Obesity

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For those who are over the age of 50, fall-related accidents account for a huge chunk of injuries sustained. When you’re over 65, there is a one in four chance than any fall can result in a rather serious injury.

Prevention Tips

There is really no real way to determine when a fall is going to happen. That’s why they’re called accidents. However, there are very simple and critical steps that you can control so that you don’t end up slipping or falling in your advanced age. Here are a few of them:

Outfit your home for safety

There are a lot of options on how you may increase traction in your home. There are now poured in place safety rubber flooring to increase traction and lessen the occurrence of falls. Make it a habit to clean your home regularly. Any clutter can end up tripping you one day. If you see any rugs that are raised, make sure that they are flat.

It may cost a bit of money but it would be wise to install bars and handrails around your home. That way even in the dark, you can guide yourself properly.

Enlist your doctor’s help

If you ever need to take any sort of medication, it is important that you thoroughly inquire your physician for any side effects. As a senior can have more than one illness at a time, it is crucial that certain medicines do not mix. Or even in the event that they do, you need to ask your doctor for the potential side effects so that you may prepare appropriately.

Also, keep up with your appointments to get the latest update on how you’re doing. Be consistent with your eye checkups.

Buy good footwear

Something as simple as what you choose to go on your feet can save you from falling down. Both indoor and outdoor shoes need to provide suitable traction for you regardless of the weather. It is important that your footwear prioritize function over form. Make sure that they fit properly and that they provide suitable support.

Proactive healthy lifestyle

As one of the main causes of fall injuries are loss of strength or obesity, it is important to invest in your health. Eat healthy and exercise regularly. It would be good to pick up a new hobby or two that enables you to combine fun and exercise.

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Get an aide

It may not be a happy pill to swallow but having someone with you is better than falling. This is truly important if you are quite debilitated by an illness or any sort of medication.

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Falls are completely preventable. It is primarily up to you to fully safeguard yourself from any untimely falls in your autumn years.

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Knowing the Signs and Symptoms of a Stroke

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As of last year, more than 140,000 senior citizens died from stroke. This is a continuing trend that must be taken seriously. Today, we learn about the signs and symptoms of a stroke.

What is a stroke?

A stroke is a very serious medical emergency. It is what occurs when a part of the brain loses access to its blood supply. This can cause it to malfunction and stop working outright. This can cause the body part under the jurisdiction of that brain section to stop working as well. If not detected right away, it can result in permanent brain damage and even death.

There are usually a couple of types of stroke: ischemic or hemorrhagic.

Ischemic

Very much likened to a heart attack but for the brain. This type of stroke usually hits when clots travel to the brain. These clots can either be localized in the brain or can come from another part of the body. This type of stroke can also happen when there is too much in terms of fatty deposits. These can clog the blood vessels in the brain.

Hemorrhagic

This type of stroke happens when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures. The blood which seeps into the brain—from the ruptured vessel—can and will cause damage to the brain. High blood pressure is usually attributed to this sort of stroke.

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Symptoms of a stroke

It is critical to get aid immediately when you see anyone who exhibits these signs:

  • Sudden weakness in the limbs of the body
  • Sudden speech difficulty
  • A sudden drop in only one half of the face
  • Loss of vision in one or both eyes (this is often described like a curtain had dropped)
  • Sudden and rather painful headache with no known cause
  • Sudden inability to walk stably
  • Double vision
  • Inability to balance oneself
  • Feelings of paralysis in parts of the body
  • Uncontrollable vomiting with no prior symptoms
  • Acute confusion
  • Massive and sudden dizziness
  • Inability to keep both arms up

When you see anyone show these symptoms, you can save a life by calling emergency services. Strokes happen fast and often with very little warning. This is why it is important to keep signs and symptoms in mind. Fast and proper identification can save lives.

Risk Factors

While there is no one single risk factor attributed to what causes stroke, these are the usual attributed risk factors:

  • Advanced Age
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • History of smoking
  • Obesity
  • Excessive alcohol drinking
  • Diabetes

In order to determine if you are at risk for stroke, it would be prudent to schedule an appointment with your doctor. Have them run a battery of examinations to evaluate your chances and get a firm grip on your risk factors.

If you or anyone think that they underwent a stroke or even a mini-stroke, it is critical that you get to the hospital in the soonest possible opportunity.

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Spot the Crucial Signs: Symptoms of Mental Illness in Geriatrics

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It is a sad fact of life that around 44% of adults past the age of 55 have experienced some type of mental health issue. What’s worse about the statistic above is that only a fraction of that percentile gets the help that they need.  The best way to help them is through early detection. That is what we’ll be discussing today.

Common Mental Health Issues in the Elderly

Anxiety

These can show up in a variety of ways. OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), Hoarding, and PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) are some of the ways which anxiety chooses to manifest.

Depression

A startling number of elders have suffered mild or severe bouts of depression.

Dementia

The numbers of geriatrics who have experienced dementia are skyrocketing. This is usually accompanied by Alzheimer’s disease.

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Signs to look out for

While it can be confusing to differentiate habitual forgetfulness and persistent memory loss, there are other signs and symptoms that anyone can look out for. These are a few of them:

Withdrawal

If the elder suddenly become recluse and loses interest in things that held their fascination previously, it’s a good sign that there’s something wrong.

Sudden sleeping habit shifts

Any sudden and extreme changes to sleeping habits are a symptom. For example, if someone who wakes up early has shown to prefer sleeping in and vice versa.

Sudden changes in mannerisms

This can refer to any sudden and odd changes in appearances. For example: mismatched pieces of clothing that truly stands out.

Another example is if someone who used to be meticulous in their surroundings suddenly does not keep up with maintenance.

Constant Confusion

When a geriatric constantly shows signs of confusion or disorientation that is usually an indicator of an issue. Impaired decision making is also a symptom of mental illness.

Temper flares and aggression

Anger is usually the recourse for someone who does not feel in control of their life and faculties. It is not anything personal. It is another form of a cry for help and must be treated accordingly.

Self-Neglect

This is actually a very serious symptom. It is when there is a complete halt in self-care. This may refer to refusal to budge from a spot even when addressing personal needs. This symptom requires immediate intervention.

Persistent loss of memory

Elders can understandably get details wrong but will recognize their mistake. However, if the elder shows constant and persistent loss of memory, that is a sign that they need to get checked out immediately.

What to do when you see the signs

If you ever spot any symptoms consistently, it is important to seek help immediately. Consult the elder’s physician for a recommendation for mental health experts. It is crucial to remember that certain mental illnesses are treatable. What helps recovery is early detection.

Get in touch with any Adult Protective Services in your area. You can ask the specialists that work there for help and advice on what medical options are present. Legal action may also be required for severe symptoms.

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The Need for Accessible Homes is Still a Prime Concern for Elders

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It is the year 2017 and yet accessible homes are still a concern for our elders. There must be something done to change this and this is what we will discuss today. The Centre for Ageing Better is wholly dedicated to advocating for a better quality of life for our elders.

When you get past a certain age, mobility can be severely hampered. This is compounded by any illnesses that have manifested over the years. As such, it is important that accessible homes be an option for the elderly.

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More and more of our population are reaching their advanced years. However, there isn’t enough in terms of suitable homes. In England, it is expected that by the year 2025 there will be a 54% increase of aged persons in a home. Right now, there aren’t enough accessible homes to meet that rising demand.

As of this year only 7% of homes in the city of London have met basic standards regarding accessibility. One of the reasons as to why accessible homes aren’t being made en masse is due to the high cost in developing them. There aren’t a lot of developers who are willing to take on that project as they do not see the rising need that must be met years from now. More and more developers are leaning towards the trends of high-rises and condos for the present set of workers.

Not enough attention is being paid to those who broke their backs to establish the society as we know it today. This is heartbreaking. This has to change.

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What are accessible homes?

The concept of an accessible home is one wherein the construction of the building itself and its access points are amenable to host anyone with disabilities or those who are elderly. This is a cohesive overall design which takes into consideration the height of furniture, cupboards, and other parts of the home.

Accessible homes are necessary for elders who wish to continue to live independently.

Parts of an “Accessible Home”

A home is usually not considered “accessible” unless it has:

  • Handrails or grab bars throughout the home
  • Easy to reach storage and work areas
  • Lever-type door handles
  • Walk-in showers
  • Seats in bathtubs and showers
  • Motorized aid for going up and down stairs

These are crucial in helping those with disabilities or those who are in their latter years. These features will help them live independently with comfort and dignity. These are also helpful for those who are aiding the infirm person living in the home.

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Food For Thought

There needs to be a massive campaign launched toward the awareness of the need for accessible homes. The elderly need our help and our understanding. Budding developers, designers, and even government officials need to start serving the whole of society and not just a few.

We need to lobby for good quality and affordable housing that is tailored for our elders. They helped us and it’s our turn to help them.

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The Critical Importance of a Digital Manager

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When you communication is a key ingredient in the success of your organization, a digital manager is crucial. Today, we discuss what a digital manager is its relevance to the Centre for Ageing Better.

With the internet being the preferred medium for research and representation, it is crucial for businesses and organizations to have presentable websites. In order to achieve that, there are several factors to consider: design, images, and content. Representation is important. An organization’s image may be tarnished when incorrect information is presented. If an organization wants to truly stand out from the rest of their peers, fresh and updated content is necessary.

While those fall into different departments, they all usually report to the same person: the digital manager.

What is a digital manager?

These days this position is now commonly referred to as a “digital marketing manager” or even a “digital media manager”. This is the position title of a person who is fully responsible for the overall look and result of a brand or organization’s website.

A digital manager is responsible for organically growing the reach of the brand that they represent.

What does a digital manager do?

This person is the one in charge in making sure that everything is presentable. They’re in charge of developing and maintaining any marketing campaigns currently being sustained by their brand or organization.

They’ll designate assignments regarding improvements to the proper departments. If certain pages aren’t working as they should, IT should step in. If there is new content required, it’s either they make it themselves or get someone who can do the job better. It is all about making sure the website is in optimum working order.

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What skills does a digital manager need?

When a company or an organization looks over the resume of someone applying to be a digital manager, this are usually the skills that stand out:

Basic website design skills

When a digital manager is wholly reliant on IT or a web developer to do small changes, the entire process of web development slows down. It is crucial that a digital manager have a basic understanding of web design.

Particular marketing channel proficiency

While there are a lot of avenues to launch a marketing strategy, being proficient in a particular one is better. Quality strategy is better than quantitative ones.

Speedy and objective thinking

A common mistake that a lot of people make is complying synthesizing themselves with the job that they do. A good digital manager will be able to separate themselves from their work in order to evaluate it objectively.

As for speedy thinking, errors can occur in a blink of an eye. A good digital manager will be able to make quick and proper decisions.

We’re looking around for a Digital Manager!

If you wouldn’t mind working for Centre for Ageing Better, we’d love to consider you. We’re a non-profit organization dedicated to bettering the lives of the elder members of our community.

You can contact us through 206-220-5422 for any questions or concerns.

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Time to get to know the Centre for Ageing Better!

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With all things, it’s important to get a better understanding of it. With that in mind, the Centre for Ageing Better is giving you this closer vision into its history and continued advocacy.

Who is the Centre for Ageing Better?

This centre was founded and funded by the Big Lottery Fund. It started with a £50M investment which has been used wisely and properly. To this day, the Centre for Ageing Better has its doors open to provide a valuable service to the elderly community.

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What do they do?

The Centre has realized that there is a consistently increasing number of elderly in society. While most people have written off the elderly as a burden, the Centre looks at them as a valuable resource for society. The elderly also pose as a proper challenge for public services and a general wellbeing of society.

With that in mind, the Centre aims to provide an important service by tapping into the unused resource that is the elderly community. The Centre’s goal is to provide suitable and factual evidence that appropriately identifies which processes work toward providing a good quality of life for the elderly. This refers to home, health, and even work. Yes, we believe that just because you are in your autumn years this does not mean that you should give up working if you don’t want to.

A common concern that we have heard through the years is that those that found self-worth and fulfillment in their employed years tend to feel adrift once they retire. We’re here to tell you that there are now other viable options of employ to keep even the grumpiest workaholic happy.

The Centre aims to fully empower the elderly into staying active, helping them establish an active role in maintaining good health, and providing a suitable platform for recognition.

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What are the Centre’s core principles?

Community empowerment

The primary goal of Centre for Ageing Better is to foster positive communities for the elderly. We aim to promote and cultivate positive environments where the senior citizens are engaged, active, and highly valued. There is so much that any community can learn from what the elders have seen in their long years. We aim to tap into that for the benefit of all.

Promoting self-sustainability

The moment you become an adult, you ideally become self-sufficient and are able to sustain your own livelihood. There is no reason for this to stop once you have become an elder. The Centre aims to cultivating other talents in the elders and helping them find avenues in which they are able to sustain an income.

Continuing refinement

We understand that any process will have hiccups. As such, it is one of our principles to continuously strive to suitably identify processes that do not work and replace them with something new.

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The Centre for Ageing Better works to provide an overall better quality of living for those undergoing their autumn years. When we all work to provide a better environment for those who have taken care of us, we will be all better for it.

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You’re still doing what?! The Bad Habits You Need to Drop ASAP

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Bad habits are no laughing matter. These can really mess up your system while you’re still young. Imagine the damage they can do when you’re older. Today, we discuss the bad habits you definitely need to drop ASAP.

When you’re considered a “geriatric”, taking care of your general wellbeing is something you need to do a tad more seriously. The last thing you should be doing is adding stressors to your body. Let’s look at the bad habits that you seriously need to dump:

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Smoking

Smoking has been associated with increased heart failure, the development of lung cancer, and it increases the risks of strokes. All that was true when you were twenty years old, and it’s even truer now that you’re in your autumn years.

If you haven’t taken the steps to quit smoking, this is something you need to get help for immediately. Consult with your doctor on the best ways to cut back on smoking and your nicotine dependency.

Not eating well

We get it if it’s a bit too hard to give up bacon, fries, and all that good stuff. We truly do. However, as your body ages, it loses its ability to fully digest certain things.

A proper diet that comprised of fibers and nutrients is needed to keep healthy. What’s great is that it’s a lot easier to do now with all the available options in the market. Staying healthy isn’t all that hard to do now.

Skimping on exercise

When you’re in your senior years, you do a lot of damage by skimping out on exercise. In order to keep going even when life seems to be planning other things is why being consistent with exercise.

When you are fit, you’re less likely to fall sick and you’ll get to do more. At this time in your life, you should be enjoying it not grumbling over a failing health.

Not using sunscreen

The sun can do a lot of damage to your skin. This is especially true when you’re in your 60’s. It is important to consistently use sunscreen whenever you go outside. There are a lot of viable brands that make formulas specifically for different age sets.

In order to protect your skin from damage and cancer, it would be wise to never be remiss with your sunscreen application.

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Skipping out on doctor’s appointments

Your doctor is your partner in keeping good health. If you keep your partner out of the loop, no good things can come of it. You disable any chances of early detection of any issues that you may be experiencing. It might be expensive however there are now centers that cater specifically to senior citizen’s needs. It would be in your best interest to meet your appointments consistently.

Being remiss with your doctor’s appointments is a recipe for disaster later down the road. Early detection is the key when combating illnesses late in your lifetime.

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If you find yourself having any of the habits listed above, it would be in your best interest to drop them at the soonest possible opportunity.

The Very Practical Reasons Why Elders Should Never Skimp on Exercise

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Elders must never think that exercise is cumbersome. Exercise can provide a whopping amount of benefits for anyone in their autumn years. Let’s discuss the very practical reason why those in their autumn years should never skimp on exercise.

Let’s talk body

When your age hits 40, it’s a sad truth of life that your body’s metabolism is going to slow down. So imagine what it’s like when you’re in what’s considered to be the “geriatric” age. Healing takes longer and fats get harder to burn.

When you’ve gotten older, illnesses take longer to pass. The wear and tear of your body will start to show. Yes, we understand that may sound quite such a downer. However, the world isn’t as glum as we’re describing it to be. At least, it doesn’t have to be if you’re smart about it.

Of course, we’re talking about not skimping on exercise.

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Why shouldn’t a geriatric skimp on exercise?

There are a lot of things that can pose as a risk to your health when you’re in your autumn years. When you don’t exercise, you up your chances of getting hurt significantly. Let’s look at some things that you’ll be at risk for when you skimp out on exercise:

Fall injury

Fall injuries in senior citizens are fairly high. It is the number one source of injuries in senior citizens. When you like in places like the UK or the USA—where certain seasons are really unfriendly—there is significantly more risk for falling.

Regular exercise can help steady your footing and stability.

Decreased healing

One of the suck-filled things about getting older is that you’re more susceptible to infection. When you get a physical wound, you don’t heal as fast either.

This is because as you age, your body doesn’t recover as fast. This is a sad fact that you can combat with regular exercise. When you make it a habit to exercise, you increase your healing rate by at least 25%. When you keep your body healthy, your immunity is up. When your immunity is up, it is less likely for you to get ill or fall prey to infections.

Stiffness

Muscles often get stiffer as you age. This can lead to trouble down the road especially if you live by yourself. You can keep your muscles limber by consistent exercise. It doesn’t even have to be excessive or prolonged. By doing a few stretches, you maintain a proper range of motion as you continue to age.

Gradual Weakness

One thing you can expect when you grow older is the eventual loss of strength in your overall body. If you don’t take care of yourself, your bones can become brittle and your stamina can drop. By exercising consistently, you can fight the gradual loss of strength.

You can make use of weights or resistance bands. You can even try simple calisthenics.

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Exercise isn’t something that the elderly can afford to skimp on. In order to remain healthy both physically and mentally, exercise is truly important. Remember, being consistent is good.

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Never Think You’re Fighting Alone: a Frank Talk about Depression

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While depression in the elderly is increasingly common, this doesn’t mean it’s normal. A lot of the senior members of our community need more help than we realize. Today, we’ll be talking about depression in elderly citizens.

What is Depression?

Depression is a serious medical illness. Depression can negatively affect the way you act, the way you think, and the way you process information. The feelings of sadness are usually synonymous with the term ‘depression’.

There are various symptoms that are linked to depression. Some symptoms show up as:

  • Loss of interest in normally beloved things or activities
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Sleeping too much
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Inability to make and stick to a decision
  • Thoughts of committing suicide

In order for those symptoms to be categorized as depression, they generally need to last more than two weeks.

A common misconception about depression is that it is only a mental condition. It is something that can also be triggered by physical illnesses like a brain tumor, hormonal imbalance, or thyroid issues.

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Depression in the Elderly

It is a fact that people over the age of 50 are thrice as likely to be diagnosed with depression. This is likely because of them going through a great age of transition. It’s not easy being fully capable and active one moment and then struggling to do menial things the next. This can bring a lot of hurt and confusion to any person.

The reason why depression is more serious in the elderly is because this is usually compounded by other illnesses that they already have. With a slower rate of recovery, the elderly tend to have longer bouts of depression. This can severely impact their health. Being depressed puts stress on already fragile system. This can increase their risk for cardiac illnesses.

These are only some of the reasons why the elderly need constant evaluation and careful care. What is often difficult in diagnosing depression in the elderly is that a large percentile of people aged 65 and older do not have suitable support systems in place.

There is a certain stigma associated with depression. As such, even if a person recognizes the symptoms in themselves, they usually delay getting treatment. This can lead to more severe repercussions in the long run.

Treatments

If you suspect that an elderly person around you is distressed or depressed, it is important to get help immediately. Once a proper diagnosis has been made, the patient can get started on antidepressants or psychotherapy. Being more physically active helps a lot as a treatment, too.

An issue with antidepressants is that they come with side effects that an elderly person may not react to as well as a young adult. A common issue is that doctors tend to prescribe lower dosages in elderly patients. As a result, medicines take longer to take effect.

Depression can be treated. All it requires is suitable help. If you believe that you are undergoing depression, it is important to visit your doctor. It is always best to be wrong and secure.

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Getting Those Bones Moving: Two Fun Hobbies That Elders Can Pick Up

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When you’re past the supposed “prime” of your life, it’s important to find new things to try and enjoy. This is particularly useful when being active is important. Today, we’ll be discussing some hobbies that you can pick up even late in your life.

Gardening

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Is there really anything as good as getting some sun? Gardening is always a great hobby as it’s a great stress reliever. A lot of senior communities often depict gardening as part of its wellness programs. That’s for a very good reason. There are a lot of health benefits that seniors can obtain from gardening such as exposure to fresh and sunlight.

 It’s an activity that you can enjoy without having to truly physically exert a lot of effort. Regardless of the seasons you experience, there are always plant options that you can start with.

What’s great about gardening is that if you ever wanted to eat healthy, this is a great place to start. You’ll be able to control what you’ll be eating once the harvest is ready. It’s a great way to keep you occupied for long periods of time. And we’re not really talking about the actual time you spend digging and planting or watering. When you plant something, you need to plan months ahead to see when would be the best time to plant. It’s also something that can help sharpen your memory.

Gardening does require a bit of effort though; so remembering that you have to water something in order for it to survive is a good way to keep exercising your memory.

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Yoga

Never let anyone tell you that you are too old for yoga. In fact, those that benefit the most from yoga are seniors.

The breathing techniques help seniors stay calm and focused. The gentle exercise is a great way to keep your body healthy. The concentration it takes to remember the poses and follow instructions keeps your memory sharp. Yoga will also enable you to meet other seniors who have picked up the hobby. Being sociable is one of the perks that you get from doing yoga.

Even if you choose to just do yoga at home, it’s completely viable. It’s not even something that will cost you a lot of money. All you need is a mat to keep you in place and a Yoga instructional video playing. It’s very practical and quite good for your health.

A lot of seniors who have taken up yoga do end up being happier and healthier than those that do not. Getting centered and blocking out the unnecessary noise can really boost your wellbeing. When you’re in a happy place, your immunity is stronger. So the benefits of yoga just keep going on and on.

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Seniors do not need to feel like they’re just wasting away. Getting active through hobbies is a fun and creative way to stay healthy. What’s great about gardening and yoga is that it is readily accessible.

Do yourself a favor and pick up one of these two hobbies today!

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