November 26, 2018 in: Events/Things to do,
As a board game which combines strategy with language and knowledge, Scrabble is much loved by people of all ages. Among senior citizens, particularly in assisted living in Santa Fe, the game can become very competitive. It is also extremely mentally stimulating and many love the community events that have a Scrabble competition.
November 19, 2018 in: Senior Finances,
As your parents start to plan their retirement, you are worried about how they will support each other financially. Complex interest, taxes and compound interest leaves a lot of room for mistakes most people don’t see coming. For years, your parents avoided the financial mistakes as best as they could because they had jobs and savings. Now the time has run out and they are planning to move into an assisted living in Santa Fe, there are certain problems you should look into before your loved one’s savings start dwindling.
November 12, 2018 in: Senior Health,
Holistic medicine is a term typically used to refer to an encompassing system of treatments and practices that are strikingly different from standard Western medicine.
While this approach has been popularly used for several years in ancient times, it has only been a few decades since it gained popularity in modern society.
November 05, 2018 in: Senior Health,
A healthy diet is a necessity for everyone but for senior citizens, it is even more important especially for those in assisted living facilities. As our bodies age, our nutritional needs change over time. However, for senior citizens, a healthy diet is a major concern since many lose their appetite. Additionally, malnutrition is a serious issue 1 in 4 of senior citizens experiences in the U.S.
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Mental health and illness is plagued by a deep stigma in most societies that prevents people to have an honest discussion. Anxiety and depression are recurrent causes of increasing suicide rates in young people and it gets worse when a person reaches senility.
Older people naturally tend to be crankier and irritable. Their physical and mental health gradually debilitates until they end up being entirely dependent on other household members. Mental illnesses like Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease are frequently reported in old people due to memory loss and decreased activity.
While most countries have clubs and recreation centers for the young to unwind, there are hardly any social spaces for the older citizens. It is just as vital to look after the senior batch in a society because they’re a valuable asset too. They make important contributions to the economy and social development. Looking after their mental and physical wellbeing is necessary to protect the foundation of any society.
There are plenty of ways to take action. The following are some helpful approaches to keep aging citizens in a mentally healthy environment.
While community centers spread across a neighborhood are a good thing, the ones particularly catering to aging citizens are ideal because they focus on their different mental needs. For ideas, people can arrange a dining centre for the elderly where they’re invited for a nice lunch and fun, engaging activities.
There could be also be a therapeutic baking week for the elderly where they can participate in making sweet delights. There are endless ways to create healing and home-like centers for senior citizens.
It will encourage a positive attitude and give people something to look forward to. This alone can greatly help them improve their mental health.
Art therapy is a creative way to greatly improve memory in the elderly. Dancing, painting, and needle felting are imaginative ways to significantly help Dementia and Alzheimer’s patients gain mental strength.
Never underestimate the power of yoga. Even simple stretches in the morning can help provide a wonderful, positive start to the day. Yoga is especially useful for people who face bouts of depression. As a person gets old, their social life reaches a standstill with most aged people simply flicking channels on the TV the entire day. This can lead to sad, gloomy thoughts.
Joining a yoga club or having an instructor at home for yoga classes is a healthy way to get the mind off depressive thoughts and explore one’s physical potential. Yoga really is one of the best options to help the elderly boost their mental health.
Pet love is oddly satisfying. By encouraging senior citizens to visit an animal care or getting them pets if they’re home-bound is a wonderful way to engage their idle minds. Keeping a pet can help evoke feelings of empathy and passion which can significantly boost mental health in an aged person.
Return your elderly family the favor and do one of these activities with them.