Growing older is inevitable, but maintaining one’s happiness is a choice. Aging doesn’t have to bring worries and fears, and seniors who maintain healthy habits will live fuller and happier lives. Want to be in on the secret? Home Care Assistance, a trusted New Hampshire home care agency, shares six known habits of exceptionally happy older adults.
- Eating healthy, balanced meals. Healthy food fuels the whole person – mind, body and spirit. Eating a well-balanced diet fights illness, boosts the immune system, and protects against developing other conditions such as type-2 diabetes, heart problems and stroke. Eating right also boosts the brain’s function to preserve cognition and mental acuity.
- Exercising at least 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Exercise releases endorphins, a happy mood-boosting chemical that results in feelings of euphoria. All seniors should try to enjoy some level of activity, either from walking, using the stairs rather than the elevator or doing simple exercises while watching television. Seniors should find things that they love to do, because interest often equates to motivation.
- Willingness to try new things. Exceptionally happy seniors are not afraid to try something new. Volunteering at the local hospital, going on group bus tours, or taking a cruise will help a senior feel younger, and more vibrant. Even something as simple as trying a new type of food can be stimulating for an older adult.
- Working on social ties and relationships. Social connections are especially important to seniors. Older adults who regularly visit with friends and family preserve their intellectual abilities, and contribute to the lives of those around them through their wisdom, experience, and friendship. Maintaining close relationships inevitably leads to a more positive outlook in seniors and older adults.
- Maintaining a sense of curiosity. Seniors who remain curious around the world push themselves to learn new things, whether it’s taking a history class at a local community college or learning how to use a computer with the grandkids. Along with adding zeal to life, continuing to learn from others provides endless opportunity for social engagement.
Interested in learning more about how to promote happiness and quality of life for an aging parent or loved one? Reach out to Home Care Assistance and ask about our plans for live-in and hourly care for seniors in New Hampshire. We’re available 24/7 and are more than happy to answer your questions – call 603-471-3004.