Enjoying your senior years can significantly contribute to healthy aging. A study conducted by researchers from the University College in London showed that happy people were more robust and fit. The study followed older people including 3,199 men and women aged 60 years and above living in England over the course of eight years. The study examined the relationship between a positive outlook and physical well-being.
According to the study, those who were unhappy were three times as likely to develop issues in their physical activities as their happy counterparts. It added that happy senior adults had less trouble getting up, dressing up or taking a shower as opposed to unhappy seniors who were twice and likely to develop diabetes, heart disease, cancer and stroke.
The enjoyment of life and general happiness will make you enjoy your senior adult life more and are relevant determinants of mobility and future disability in seniors. Here are some activities or things that older adults can get into in order to make their senior years more enjoyable:
Exercise. Exercising lifts your spirits and energy levels, making you feel better. A Harvard study conducted on over 1,600 older men and women showed that incorporating light workouts into your routine, even if you did not exercise, before reduces your chances of getting disabled by 25 percent.
Eat healthily. Eating a nutritious diet is as important as exercising on a regular basis. Drink plenty of water and go on a high fiber diet.
Plan for your retirement. Since you are already retired, you should think about what you would like to do. You can engage in charity work, travel or learn something new. It is also important that you start saving early for your retirement so that you are better prepared.
Have a sense of purpose and stay connected. Research has shown that a strong sense of purpose for seniors had a protective effect. People who stayed in touch with family and friends stayed healthy in their old age.
Spend time with family, new friends and older people. A study showed that seniors who spent hours daily being social were happier, enjoyed life and were less likely to be stressed or worried.
Take care of your appearance. Just because you are a senior adult does not mean that you can’t do it in style. When you look good, you feel even better.
Learn something new every day. There is no greater way to keep your brain alert than this. Learn a new sport, instrument, language or skill. If you like to cook, you could start baking.
Laugh a lot. Laughing lowers the stress hormone cortisol. Twenty minutes spent watching funny videos will help improve the memory in seniors.
As you grow older, though, you get tired easily, are prone to falls and you will need a little help from mobility devices in order to enjoy your senior years. These mobility devices will also enable you enjoy while spending quality time with your family.
To cater to the growing needs of the Philippine elder population, Watsons, Asia’s leading health and beauty retailer, has partnered with Top American Products Solution Inc., to bring in products manufactured by Drive Medical, one of the fastest growing global manufacturers of durable medical equipment. Drive Medical has a line of mobility, bath safety and personal care products for the elder population and these products focus on innovation, functionality and value.
Through the line of Drive Medical products, Watsons and Top American Products Solution Inc. strive to promote independence and improve quality of life for the senior population, continually setting the standards in the health and wellness market.
Available in select Watsons are Drive Medical’s line of Mobility products that include Hurrycane Freedom, Offset Grip Cane and Deluxe Folding Travel Walker, among others. Their Bath Safety items include Grab Bars, Tub and Stair Safety Treads and Cast Protector Arm. Its line of Personal Care products includes Universal Arm Sling, Metal Shoe Horn and Glide Skis.
Drive Medical’s products are exclusively available at Watsons and distributed in the Philippines by Top American Products Solution Inc. For more information, visit www.seniorsphilippines.com.