Helping a loved one with healthy aging
Physical health is just part of the picture
- When most people consider healthy aging, they think of physical activity, but healthy aging also encompasses cognitive, mental and even social health.
- If you’re caring for an aging loved one, here are a few ways to incorporate each into your routines:
Physical Health: Daily walks around the neighborhood, or while running errands.
- Gardening or other light yard work.
- When watching television, using commercial breaks for simple movements like marching in place or stretching.
Cognitive Health: Daily brain games like crossword puzzles or Sudoku.
- Playing board games and card games together, which can require strategic thinking.
- Watching television game shows that require critical thought, like Jeopardy or Wheel of Fortune.
Mental Health: Gently ease into conversations by asking if there’s anything on their mind.
- Reminding your loved one that mental health is healthcare. If their knee was bothering them, they’d see a doctor, the same should go for mental health.
- Enlisting the help of a professional if you think it’s necessary.
- Joining a local volunteer group or charitable association that you both enjoy.
- Local book clubs can be a great way to meet new people and exercise the mind.
- Arranging phone or Facetime calls for your loved one with friends or relatives.
Healthy Aging at Prestige Senior Living Beaverton Hills
Here at Prestige Senior Living Beaverton Hills, our residents enjoy all aspects of healthy aging with comprehensive fitness options, innovative cognitive programs and a focus on mental health in a friendly, social community.
For more information, visit us online at prestigecare.com/beavertonhills or call us at (503) 520-1350 to schedule a tour.