Surprisingly, staying healthy doesn’t strictly relate to how many vegetables you eat and the number of steps you walk each day. One of the best ways to age gracefully, is to engage in healthy social activity every day. The Harvard Women’s Health Watch reported, “Dozens of studies have shown that people who have satisfying relationships with family, friends, and their community are happier, have fewer health problems, and live longer.” Here are a few ways to stimulate your brain, keep healthy, and share a few good laughs:
1. Schedule a Phone Date with a Friend Once a Week
You don’t need to leave your home to connect with a long-time friend or family member that lives far away. Schedule a weekly phone date with your loved one to catch up from the comfort of your own couch. By engaging and staying connected you’ll find a sense of joy and satisfaction – and your friend will, too!
2. Find an Exercise Class That Meets Your Physical Level
There are many opportunities to get up and get active during the day. Sign up for a water aerobics class at your local pool or get a group together for a post-lunch park walk. It’s a great way to get to know someone new over a shared activity. Plus, your body benefits from these kinds of activities too. Research done by the University of British Columbia Okanagan showed that physical activity is associated with a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Your options to socialize and exercise not only your mind but your body, are endless.
3. Volunteer for a Local Event or Organization
Getting involved in an event that you care about is a great way to meet people with the same interests as you. Whether it is a once-a-year walk to support the local humane society or a monthly Boys and Girls Club meetup, you’ll feel great about donating your time and making new friends. Grab a friend or two and do it together – volunteering is fun!
4. Attend a Community Living Event You've Never Been to Before
We’re always having fun at Brightwater Senior Living. Be sure to take advantage of our free and fun community events happening year-round. Never been to a game night? What about an upcoming holiday party? Join in, do something new, and meet others living in the same community as you!
For more tips on senior health and wellness, visit Brightwater Senior Living.