Research studies show that older adults can gain a wide range of health benefits through engagement in the arts. Seniors who participated in Vancouver’s Healthy Aging Through the Arts project experienced better physical health, stronger social connections and less chronic pain through participation in creative activities. Other studies have shown additional health benefits including fewer falls and doctor visits, lower stress and lessened depression.
Arthritis affects more than half of Canadians by age 70, and a higher proportion of older women than men. You can help reduce and relieve common arthritis symptoms such as pain, stiffness and swelling by doing regular, low-impact exercise, losing excess weight and using heat and cold treatments appropriately. Relaxation techniques, aquatic therapy and assistive devices can also help seniors to live well with this condition.
Seniors choose to move to a retirement residence for many different reasons—and all expect to enjoy a worry-free lifestyle with the freedom to live the way they want. What many don’t realize, however, is that beyond their initial expectations, making the move to a seniors’ home can actually have surprising health benefits too.
Canadians are living longer than before and researchers have identified a number of lifestyle factors that make those extra years worth living. Regular walking and other physical activities, socializing and lifelong learning each contribute to healthy, active aging. A nutrient-rich diet, a positive outlook on aging and regular sleep patterns also promote a long and healthy life for older adults.
Mood and anxiety disorders are the two most common types of mental health conditions affecting Canadians, including older adults. Many research studies show that moderate amounts of regular physical activity can help prevent depression and reduce symptoms of depression in older adults. Regular leisure-time exercise has also proven to be effective in relieving anxiety and promoting feelings of well-being.
Despite the long-held stereotype of creativity being the express domain of young people, many seniors feel they are at the height of their creative powers. This is not in spite of their age, but because of it. Having the time, the focus and the ability to draw upon a lifetime of knowledge and experience can boost creativity in our 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond.
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A positive outlook on life and aging is associated with a lower risk of heart disease and greater longevity. Older adults with an optimistic outlook tend to recover faster from injury or disability, have a lower risk of chronic disease and a reduced risk of memory loss. Fortunately, studies show that optimism can be learned and pessimists can develop positive thinking skills through practice to support better health.
Lifestyle factors account for three-quarters of changes in the brain associated with cognitive decline, and modifiable factors such as being physical active, staying socially engaged and keeping your mind active can substantially reduce dementia risk. Dementia-friendly living spaces and assistive technologies that assess the risk of falling or wandering, or help with tasks of daily living, support people with dementia and family caregivers and can enhance their quality of life.
Can living in a retirement residence improve your health? It turns out a number of the reasons seniors choose to move into a retirement community are the same factors that can provide a multi-faceted health boost for both mind and body.