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Suggestions from the Senior Healthcare Team at Home Instead

Our brains need stimulation, no matter how old we are. Once the kids move out and we retire, having reasons to keep the little grey cells firing is crucial to maintaining our mental health and well-being. It can be quite a struggle to find things to do and to remain engaged. We want to make a contribution to society. According to the World Health Organization, between 2015 and 2050, the population of those over the age of 60 will increase from 900 million to 2 billion people. If you or your parent struggle to find reasons to participate in social activities with others, the risk in developing a mental disorder or depression increases substantially. Additionally, WHO estimates that over 20% of those older than 60 suffer from a mental or a neurological disorder.

Boosting your mental health and wellness does not have to be difficult. There are steps you can take now that will help. The caregiving team at Home Instead Senior Care Hamilton supports elders and their families with a variety of services that help keep the aged living independently. Our dedicated staff works diligently to make sure you or your senior loved one can continue engaging in life and making a difference during this fantastic season of life.

4 Healthcare Tips for Seniors to Stay Alert and Active

Avoid letting struggles with physical health or boredom lead to problems with your mental health. Staying healthy in all areas of your life, physical, social, and spiritual, is a step in the right direction. Here are four suggestions you can implement today:

  • Remain Physically Active: Keep arthritis or other physical ailments at bay by staying active. Take daily walks. Join a community center with exercise classes. Join your local gym. Have a family member look up chair exercises on YouTube or buy exercise videos you can use to workout at home.
  • Make New Friends and Keep the Old: Head down to your local senior center or community center to meet new people and partake in new adventures. Enjoy crafts, hobbies, or take a computer class to learn new skills. Stay in contact with your existing friends. Go out to lunch. Have them over for dinner. Invite them to join you at the senior center.
  • Stay Involved with Family: Reach out to your children and grandchildren to keep the relationships strong and growing. Get together as often as you can, without being a burden or a babysitter. The goal is to enjoy each other’s company. If you live too far from family, utilize Skype, Zoom, WhatsApp or FaceTime for video chats. Use the regular telephone or even write cards and letters.
  • Adopt a Pet: Pets work their way into our hearts and require us to think of someone other than ourselves, which helps our mental well-being. They make us laugh and shower us with unconditional love. The perfect medicine for a lonely senior!

Keep Your Mind Sharp and Active with Expert Senior Homecare

Sometimes families need extra support. That is where Home Instead Senior Care shines. Our professional caregivers are highly-trained to assist you or your senior loved one to remain active, stay involved with life, and live independently. We work with families to create a customized plan for the level of attention required to meet your loved one’s needs.

Call us at (905) 521-5500 to schedule a no-obligation in-home consultation. Learn more about the compassionate, quality senior care services we deliver each day to families in the Hamilton community.


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