One important aspect of retirement living that may be overlooked by many is mental health. Seniors may be more susceptible to mental health issues if they do not implement and practice healthy habits for their minds and bodies. As much as one may look forward to retirement, it is essential to practice good self-care to maintain an overall sense of mental well-being. Without the routine and socialization they may have had before retirement, it is easy to become isolated and lonely once they jump into this new lifestyle.
At Senior Living Redefined Southfield, we understand the importance of lifestyle on a senior’s mental health. We provide many opportunities for our residents to achieve optimal mental well-being by being active, maintaining proper nutrition, and socializing with peers. Let our team help you learn more about how you can help your aging parents maintain good mental health, by calling us at 855.947.3838.
Physical Activity Helps Support Mental Health
Exercising regularly, especially outside in fresh air, is an important part of a good mental health regimen. The combination of physical activity and sunshine can help to elevate your mood besides keeping you physically fit.
When the weather is cooperative, you can boost your mental health by:
- Going outside for a walk
- Getting some neighbors together for an outdoor game like bocce or horseshoes
- Going for a hike or bike ride
- Even if the weather outside is extreme, you can still enjoy the mental health benefits of exercise by:
- Doing some strength training with hand weights or resistance bands
- Practicing yoga or Tai Chi
- Doing some gentle stretching
- Putting on your favorite tunes and dancing
Staying active is a great way to keep the body and mind strong and healthy.
Manage Mental Health Through a Healthy Diet
Proper nutrition plays a valuable role in supporting your mental health. Certain nutrients are known for maintaining a positive mood and alleviating mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety.
Many foods even have brain-supporting properties, helping with memory care, including:
- Dark chocolate
- Leafy green vegetables
- Fatty fish such as salmon
Following a healthy diet can ward off some mental health conditions such as Alzheimer’s and dementia that plague us as people age.
Boost Longevity by Staying Connected
Community and connection are crucial for good mental health. It is important to have other people turn to when you feel stressed, sad, or lonely. Feeling connected to others can help alleviate feelings of loneliness or social isolation, which impact senior mental health. Seniors who experience social connectedness tend to be happier and healthier overall.
Staying connected to others can benefit your cognitive function as well as your heart and immune health. Seniors who feel supported by others are less likely to experience symptoms of depression and anxiety.
- Find ways to maintain a social network throughout your life by:
- Taking up some new group hobbies
- Volunteering to help others
- Taking part in individual or group therapy if needed
- Engaging in physical activity with others
Southfield has developed programs and services to help aging parents make the most of their lives in retirement, keeping their mental health in mind.
Southfield Values Positive Mental Health for Aging Parents
As a senior, making the most of your mental healthcare options can help you feel your best as you enjoy your well-deserved retirement. To maintain optimal health as you age, be sure to stay active, eat well, and nurture connections with others.
If you are concerned about your aging parent’s mental health, be confident that Southfield staff recognize the importance of senior mental health. We provide ample opportunities for our residents to connect, eat nutritious meals, and partake in regular physical activity. To learn more about how we promote a sense of community and togetherness among our residents, call us today at 855.947.3838 or use the online form.