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4 Ways to Help Aging Citizens Improve Their Mental Health


October 23, 2018 in: Well-being, Senior Health,

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.

Establishing Senior Centers

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.

How Art Can Help

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.

The Power of Yoga

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.

Animal Love

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.

Fall Prevention for Seniors


October 01, 2018 in: Well-being, Senior Health,

Did you know just a few home improvement techniques can help you keep your loved ones and yourself safe from dangerous falls? These kind of falls are more common than you think. In one study, researchers found falls are the number one reason for injuries among seniors. These falls have resulted in serious head and brain damage, cuts, hip fractures and even deaths.

Even though some seniors may not have experienced a fall yet, they may avoid some necessary activities simply because they fear a dangerous fall.  Seniors avoid doing the activities they need to do because of slippery floors by the swimming pool, homes with electrical cords or rickety stairs. Whatever the immediate reason may be, the underlying reason for the fall is a false sense of security. This is exactly why certain measures should be taken in order to create a safe living space.

This process doesn’t require a complete remodeling of your entire house. Only a few simple changes need to be made in order to make your home safe for seniors. Let’s take a look at what experts of senior care would recommend:

1.    Clean Up All the Clutter

Keeping your home neat and tidy could possibly be the easiest method of fall prevention. All you need to do is clean-up the clutter. All the stacks of newspapers, magazines, Lego pieces, and the likes need to be swept away, especially from the staircases and the hallways.

2.    Remove or Repair Tripping Hazards

Some home fixtures are known to contribute towards fall injuries amongst seniors. All you need to do is examine every hallway and room in your house and inspect for slippery throw rugs, loose carpets or floorboards sticking up. If you find any of these tripping hazards, then you need to replace, remove or repair them before they cause any lasting injuries.

3.    Install Handrails and Grab Bars

These safety devices are known to be effective for seniors when they are moving up or down staircases, getting up and sitting onto a toilet, or even getting in or out of a bathtub. Bathroom-related injuries tend to be the worst. You should get in touch with a handyman right away to install these devices where it is necessary.

4.    Avoid Loose Clothing

Even though you want to feel as comfortable as possible at home, baggy clothes are known to cause a lot of falls. You should opt for properly hemmed and better-fitted clothes which do not drag on the ground or don’t bunch up.

5.    Wear Shoes

Socks really add to one’s comfort level, but they are a huge risk for seniors. If you don’t prefer wearing shoes at home, you can always get yourself some non-slip socks. These types of socks have grips on their soles to eliminate the risks of slipping.

Fall prevention for the elderly means prevention of injuries. Implementing the above mentioned steps at your home can make it safe and risk-free – especially for seniors.

Why Should You Stay Active in Your Senior Years?


September 05, 2018 in: Well-being, Senior Fitness, Senior Health,

As you age, you may give up on your daily exercise routine. While high-intensity exercises can make you tired, low-impact exercises on a regular basis are good for your health. Here are a few tips to help you stay fit after retirement:

  • Try 5-minute cardio workout sessions a few days a week
  • Squats can help you build lower body strength
  • Try bicep curls
  • Practice wall push-ups
  • Strengthen lower body muscles with leg raises
  • Improve your balance with chair stands and toe stands
  • Stretch your lower and upper body
  • Practice deep breathing exercises

Staying Fit after Retirement:

Advancing age is often accompanied by health issues. If you aren’t fit and fine, your immune system won’t be able to resists diseases. You may experience hypertension, back pain, osteoporosis, and dementia. Through regular exercise, you can reduce the risk of suffering from several health problems. But before you begin following an exercise routine, discuss with your doctor whether it’s safe for you.

Here’s why seniors should develop an exercise routine:

Improve Heart Health

Heart diseases account for almost 25% of deaths every year in the US. High blood pressure and LDL cholesterol levels in your body increase the risk of heart diseases. Regular exercise keeps your cholesterol levels under control and lowers blood pressure to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Keep Joints and Bones Healthy

Arthritis is quite common among seniors. It refers to a group of 200 rheumatic diseases that affect your joints. Through regular exercise, you can effectively manage arthritis. It lubricates your joints and reduces stiffness and pain.

Control Obesity

Obesity is the underlying cause of various health issues such as arthritis, hypertension and heart diseases. You can prevent or control obesity by exercising on a regular basis.

Make the Immune System Stronger

Regular exercise can improve your immune system. This way, you can recover quickly from an illness or injury. A strong body is able to fight infections and improves your overall health.

Control Mental Health Problems

Mental health problems such as depression and dementia are quite common among seniors. You can reduce the risk of developing mental illnesses through regular exercise.

Physical activity releases chemicals in your brain that positively influence your mood and boost your self-esteem. Moreover, when you join fitness classes or go to a nearby park for a walk or to exercise, you also get to meet people and make friends.

Reduce the Risk of Slips and Falls

More than one out of four seniors in the US falls every year and one out of five such cases leads to broken bones or a life-threatening head injury. Regular exercise helps you improve your balance and therefore, reduces the risk of slips and falls.

Physical activity and exercises improve the quality of life. As you reach your retirement age, you need not indulge in strenuous exercises. You can rather try moderate, low-intensity exercises to improve your health.

Montecito Santa Fe firmly believes in fitness. It is why we have an amazing workout room right here at the facility and have fitness classes every day.

Best Summer Books You Should Be Reading


July 03, 2018 in: Well-being,

Summer is a time to relax and enjoy. If you’re planning to spending summer relaxing poolside, nothing beats a great book.

1.Meghan: A Hollywood Princess

Written by best-selling author Andrew Morton, Meghan: A Hollywood Princess presents the enchanting biography of Meghan Markle and her journey towards becoming a real-life princess. It covers her childhood and how she was brought up.

That is followed by how she met with Prince Harry and ends with the immense preparation that is involved with a Royal Wedding. If Morton’s previous biography of Princess Diana was anything to go by, this one is a must read.

2.Love Rules

This one is brought to you by CCO (Chief Content Officer) at Hearst Magazines, Joanna Coles. Love Rules attempts to answer one of the most puzzling questions today. It shows how we have many options when it comes to love. It’s similar to how we’re overwhelmed at a supermarket because not everything will be right for us.

Coles gives her take on how we think about love today and follows it up with some ways that the readers can find meaningful relationships in a dizzyingly complex digital world.

3.Look Alive Out There

If you’ve read “The Clasp” from 2016, you’ll be no stranger to author Sloane Crosley. She brings her witty writing style and a hint of charm to “Look Alive Out There.” It’s a compilation of essays that you are sure to enjoy and laugh to, but don’t be weirded out when people give you a few looks.

Crosley brings her hilarious quips and one liners to this collection of essays, which some may even find relatable, as she touches upon “sensitive” topics such as her fertility, shaking hands with swingers and more. It’s sure to leave you out of breath but with hopefully with some emotional insight and impact.

4.Kintsugi Wellness: Nourishing Mind, Body and Spirit (The Japanese Way)

Candice Kumai brings the art of Kintsugi and how you can apply it to healing and nourishing your body, mind and spirit. She outlines ancient techniques that will leave you with greater mental and physical wellbeing. Kumai embraced her Japanese heritage that guided her to wellness and health. At each point in her life and she’s there to share that wisdom.We must say, sheconveys it beautifully.

It also has some great Japanese-inspired recipes that will aid you in your journey to a well-nourished mind, body and spirit.

Speaking of mind, body and spirit, you should contact The Montecito in Santa Fe for the ultimate in independent and assisted living.

Seniors and Stretching: The Key to a Healthy Life


June 13, 2018 in: Well-being, Senior Fitness, Senior Health,

Immobility of muscles and joints become an ongoing health issue for seniors. With restricted body movements, it becomes really difficult to lead a healthy and happy life even if you are not suffering from any serious disease.

For all those senior individuals, stretching can help them in recovering their mobility by increasing the flexibility and by improving the blood circulation. Stretching is a simple physical activity that can be carried out without any machine and human assistance. Let’s have a look how regular routine of stretching can help seniors to maintain their physical well-being for a healthy life.

Improves the Symptom of Spinal Stenosis and Osteoarthritis  

Aging comes with some inevitable medical conditions. For instance, spinal stenosis and osteoarthritis can appear in old age. Osteoarthritis is a condition where cartilage between the joints starts to erode, resulting in chronic pain in the joints. By improving the flexibility of joints through regular stretching, you can reduce the levels of pains caused by osteoarthritis.

Spinal stenosis is a condition of nerve compression that results from the constriction of bone channel. Spinal stenosis is highlighted by mild pains, numbness in the affected area and weakness. By making stretching a part of your daily routine, you can reduce the symptoms of spinal stenosis with improved blood circulation.

Stretching can Reduce the Threat of Falling

For seniors 65 and above, falling can result in major physical injuries. They also are more likely to fall. Statistics suggest that nearly one-third of the senior population falls every year and a significant number of them end up in emergencies.

By including regular stretching exercises of the lower limbs, seniors can make themselves less prone to the risk of falling. Stretching exercises increase the flexibility of quadriceps and hamstring, which eventually improve the movement around the hip joint.

Stretching Helps in Alleviating the Side Effects of Poor Posture

At a younger age, poor posture might not cause pain in the joints and muscles. However, as we grow old, the diminishing elasticity and flexibility of tendons and ligaments make poor posture an excruciating thing. By stretching regularly, you can reduce the pain and feeling of discomfort caused by poor posture. In general, stretching exercises improve blood circulation.

Safety and Precautionary Tips for Stretching

It is important to consider some safety tips and prerequisites to make stretching exercises more effective.

Warm up: It is important to warm up your muscles and joints before stretching. A brisk walk for a couple of minutes or other light exercise can warm up your body for a stretching session.

Breath continually: Never hold your breath in the middle of a stretch.

Don’t Bend too much: Take care of your spine while stretching. Keep it straight and don’t put too much pressure on it in order to stretch further.

Your body will take time to adjust itself to stretching. So, don’t try to rush into it and be patient with results.

If you want to learn more about proper stretching and exercise technique, check out a class at our Fitness Center.

Top Golf Courses in Santa Fe


June 06, 2018 in: Well-being, Senior Fitness, Senior Health, Events/Things to do,

Golf is a good pastime for any individual, irrespective of age. But those who are retired have the advantage of being able to play whenever they want. And golf not only keeps seniors busy, it can keep them fit, too. Seniors in Santa Fe, NM have plenty of golf courses to choose from. Here are some of the best:

Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe

Though it is a public course, Marty Sanchez is one of the best in Santa Fe. Providing a spectacular panoramic view of both the Jemez and Sangre de Cristo mountains, the golf course itself is built on a picturesque high-desert landscape.

Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe is an 18-hole championship golf course with several additional features including an all-grass driving range, putting area and practice fairway for the beginners. The fees are also very reasonable and the staff is very friendly.

Towa Golf Resort

Located in the scenic Pojoaque (pronounced Po-Walk-Eh) Valley, Towa Golf club provides a different delight to golfers. The fairways of Towa Golf Resort are challenging enough that a rookie golfer will be sorely challenged. The resort consists of three separate 9-hole golf courses and provides exciting playing conditions all year.

Quail Run Golf Course

Quail Run Golf Course is the closest to downtown Santa Fe. It provides 9-hole par 32 fairway to all those golfers who want to play. Quail Run Golf Course has a very reasonable fee structure, too. Even if you don’t have your own golf gear, the course also has rental clubs. Quail Run Golf Course is not open for the whole year, however, you can play there from the start of summers until the end of fall.

The Club at Las Campanas

Las Campanas is just outside of Santa Fe, with spectacular views of the mountains to the east and west. The club boasts that it has one of the highest elevation fairways in the Southwest at 7,000 feet. Sunrise and sunset are among the most breathtaking in New Mexico, which is saying quite a lot.

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