It’s no secret that growing older can challenge a person’s ability to remain healthy and active. Unfortunately, many seniors—about one in three men and one in two women by age 75—engage in no physical activity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And that loss of activity and engagement with life can have a major impact on an older adult’s physical well-being and emotional health.
Importance of Senior Wellness
Remaining active is important for everyone, but seniors in particular have a lot at stake. Seniors who prioritize health and wellness can be more independent. They can continue to be social and enjoy the activities that bring their lives meaning.
And let’s face it: the retirement years are the time when you can finally do what you want when you want without work or other obligations standing in the way. That’s why prioritizing health and wellness is essential for seniors. It’s a way to get the most out of retirement, which they’ve worked hard to earn.
Tips to Reach Your Health and Wellness Goal
The good news is that even if a senior has been relatively sedentary for some time, there are ways to get moving—and it’s never too late. Achieving health and wellness goals takes putting a plan in motion and sticking to it. Just make sure the lifestyle wellness goals are attainable. Don’t go too far too fast. And keep at it every day. Also, celebrate every little win. Walking one more block than yesterday matters.
Move Your Body
Whether it’s walking, gardening, fishing, or going for a swim, seniors need to get their bodies moving. Again, maintaining muscle mass and bone density as you age depends on physical activity of some kind. Even if it’s a short walk each day, keep it up.
Get Enough Sleep
Many seniors struggle to get a good night’s sleep. Sometimes it is related to a health condition or medication. Yet, seniors need at least 7 – 8 hours of sleep. To achieve health goals and promote good sleep habits, go to sleep at approximately the same time each day, avoid caffeine and other stimulants before bedtime, and avoid screen time before hitting the sack.
Eat a Balanced Diet
Seniors need a steady diet filled with a variety of carbohydrates, fruits, vegetables, and protein to keep their bodies healthy and help achieve wellness goals. They should also stay away from fatty foods and those high in sodium.
Regular Doctor Visits
One of the best ways everyone—seniors included—can maintain wellness is by visiting their doctor regularly. Annual wellness visits and screenings can catch a problematic health condition early before it becomes more serious. It’s also essential for seniors to comply with a doctor’s treatments, including taking medications as directed.
This is a big one! The U.S. Surgeon General recently issued an advisory stating that loneliness is as big of a public health threat as smoking and obesity. That’s why it’s so important for seniors to get out there and connect with others. All seniors need to continue engaging with peers and participating in the activities they enjoy.
Wellness Program Activities at Copeland Oaks
At Copeland Oaks, we believe an active senior is a happier, healthier person. That’s why we offer a diverse range of senior wellness activities for our residents. Our goal is to provide something for everyone. We welcome you to come and experience Copeland’s campus for yourself. Schedule a tour today!
Keep reading: 10 Activities for Seniors at Copeland Oaks
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Physical Activity and Health: A Report of the Surgeon General. Accessed: July 20, 2023.
US Department of Health and Human Services. New Surgeon General Advisory Raises Alarm about the Devastating Impact of the Epidemic of Loneliness and Isolation in the United States. Posted: May 3, 2023. Accessed: July 20, 2023.