Older adults have an increased risk of developing depression, however, depression is not a normal part of aging. With studies linking depression to dementia, it's no surprise that many of the same tactics can be used to treat both.
As Seniors age, it is important to maintain an active lifestyle for many reasons, benefits including: increased mobility, lowered risk of stroke and heart disease, elevated mood, enhanced ability to learn, and appreciation of self.
Exercising is a wonderful way to keep the body in shape, and there are numerous ways for seniors to stay active, even if you have limited space available. Here are a few low-impact exercises to try:
- Chair Yoga
- Lifting light weights
- Using Resistance Bands
Simply taking a walk can also be beneficial for not only physical health, but also mental health. According to a study published in Neurobiology of Aging, researchers have found that many seniors who maintain their walking routines are better able to fight age-related changes to the brain.
While physical exercise has mental benefits, don’t forget to stay mentally active as well! Mental stimulation helps sharpen the mind and keep the brain active and alert.
A few mental activities include:
- Crossword Puzzles
- Crafts or Painting
- Taking up a New Hobby
It is easy to become more sedentary when aging, but consistently exercising and stimulation the brain can help boost overall health in the body and mind.