Now that we’re in the midst of summer, take advantage of all it has to offer by enjoying warm weather activities in the great outdoors.
A UBC study found that older adults are more likely to stick with a fitness plan if they exercise with people of a similar age. Group exercise classes offer the combined benefits of physical and social activities for healthy aging. These include a lower risk of disability, depression, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and premature death, improved balance, as well as better cognitive health and quality of life.
Gardening is an outdoor activity many older adults enjoy that offers multiple physical and mental health benefits. Research studies have shown that active hobbies like gardening reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, increase endurance, and keep hands strong and nimble. Gardening also promotes good nutrition, improves cognition, relieves stress and reduces the risk of depression.
You may find that big changes in your life—like a move to a retirement residence— can stir up a mixture of emotions that can make you feel a bit off-balance, even when the change is a positive one. The degree to which a move or other change can feel disruptive varies greatly from person to person. Some of us regain our mental equilibrium very quickly, while others go through a longer process of adaptation.