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Aging and Emotional Health

Emotional and mental vitality are as important to health as physical activity. In fact, one is no more important than the other. When you are physically active, you will find your?outlook and?attitude are?more positive. Your mind has a powerful effect on your body, and your physical state can?affect how you feel and think. Social interaction, exercise and being involved in activities, can make a big difference in how you feel.

Sometime seniors become depressed because they are not ?as ?active? as they once were.? Aging can limit our physical capabilities, but that does not mean?individuals cannot discover new ways to remain active, both mentally and physically.? If you can no longer jog or run, you may?still be able to??take walks, swim or go?biking. If you cannot dance the way you used to when younger, find another social activity that combines social and physical activity, such as low impact?or chair?aerobics. Finding alternatives to replace? ?lost? abilities can help seniors?keep a positive attitude, and overcome the feeling that?their age?is preventing?them from?enjoying life.

The key is to not focus on? want you cannot do, but what you still can do.? This attitude will improve your overall?outlook.

Physical activity protects and improves?physical and emotional health.? Exercise produces chemicals in the body that promote emotional well-being.? Inactivity can?lead to?depression, anxiety, and stress.?? Adults who are physically active are less likely to?develop Alzheimer’s disease, versus those adults who are more?sedentary.

Social activity also improves your emotional health. Staying in touch with friends, family, and the greater community can?help?you?feel more alive and connected. Regardless of one?s physical state, people who are connected to others are more likely to thrive. ?Volunteering can lead to both?physical and emotional fulliment.? Adults who regularly volunteer even a small amount of time, generally have a greater sense of well-being than those who don’t.

Mental activity. An active brain continues to develop and thrive, while an inactive brain loses its function at a faster pace.??Reading, learning a new language, playing a musical instrument, or playing?chess or card games?with friends are?all activities that help?stimulate?the brain .

Social interaction is vital. A home care nurse is not only capable of?providing care for your physical well-being, but can?also be a companion and friend, which can add to?mental and social stimulation.



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