As we age, we become more susceptible to mental and physical illnesses. In a new study, researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine analyzed how distinctive factors, such as wisdom, loneliness, income and sleep quality, impact the physical and mental functioning of older persons. In fact, they’ve found out that physical health correlated with both cognitive function and mental health.
- Keep them moving.
Exercise is essential for both the body and mind.
- Encourage them to socialize.
Social isolation in older adults gravely affects mental health, physical health, and cognitive functions. Having someone to talk to and interact with, help preserve their well-being.
- Get them a pet.
According to a review of research on animal therapy published in November 2014 in Current Gerontology and Geriatrics Research, animals make seniors more socially engaged, less depressed, and less agitated.
- Stimulate their brain.
Activities such as reading, word games, card games, puzzles, chess and strategy games, and activities that focus on hand-eye coordination are mentally stimulating and helps prevent cognitive decline.
If you’re considering assisted living homes, look for a community that organizes activities that keep older adults physically and mentally healthy.
Rising Star Personal Care Home promotes a fun and healthy lifestyle for our senior residents.
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