A good physical environment is a place where seniors are given all the tools they need to achieve longevity, purpose, and fundamental health. Just as you create a safe and happy environment in your home, your elderly parents can enjoy the same while living in a retirement community dedicated to a good physical environment. There are numerous ways to help maintain a healthy physical environment for the seniors in your life, for example:
Retirement means extra time to volunteer. You have many different options to volunteer. There are positions working with adults, children, and even with pets.
- Hospitals and Clinics
- Reading to Children at School or your Local Library
- Festivals and Fairs
- Historical Events and Tours
- Community Gardens
If you have an illness or injury that limits your ability to stand or walk, there are volunteer positions that are accommodating all you need to do is apply.
Meet New People
There are numerous groups and meetups for people in retirement communities. It is a great way to make new friends who are like-minded and enjoy the same hobbies you do. You can find groups of people who like to sew, try new restaurants, and people who enjoy card games as well. Groups can meet once or twice a week to give you a lot of opportunities to go. This is a great way to find others to travel with and attend special events. Use social media platforms, like Facebook and Meetups, are also great ways to find events and groups in your community. With many different options you are sure to find a meetup or event with like-minded people.
Keep up with Family
Designate a day of week or month to have a family dinner or get together. That will give you the time to catch up and see the grandchildren. If you are far from family use social media or Skype to stay connected. The communication will help you keep up with how everyone is doing and it will help them keep up with you. Staying in contact with your family will keep you happy and healthy. It will also help to reduce stress and anxiety.
Get out and Exercise
Staying active is important to a long and healthy life as well. Consider a daily activity with a partner. You can walk with a group or go biking with a partner. Working out with a group or partner is a safe way to exercise and creates accountability. If you have someone to work out with and they are feeling discouraged, you can help encourage them to get out and work out. Other ways to get exercise are:
- Swimming, Aqua Aerobics Class, Water Weights
- Martial Arts Class
- Hiking or Running
- Cardio Classes
Good nutrition is vital to a happy and healthy life. Shop local markets or farmers markets for fresh vegetables and lean meats. Work with a nutritionist to be sure you are getting all the vital vitamins and nutrients your body needs. A nutritionist will:
- Design a meal plan that works best for you
- Take into consideration all medications you may be on
- Work with your doctors
- Check in at regular intervals to discuss any concerns
- Teach cooking and storing techniques to help you get the most out of your food
This is also a great opportunity to cook with friends. If you love to cook, show off your skills and cook with friends. This is another way to keep up with friends and family.
You are never too old to further your education. Many colleges and high schools offer continuing education courses in topics like language, creative writing, and computer science. Get a certification or degree on the topics that interest you and then teach others how to do the same. This is also a great idea for hobbies like woodworking and jewelry design. Classes are often offered in places like craft and hobby stores that will teach up to date techniques. Learning will keep you young and teaching others will too.
Stress is a major cause of illness. To reduce stress, exercise, meditate, and laugh. Laughter is a way to stimulate breathing, heart rate, and it helps to release endorphins in your brain creating a healing response to aches and pains. When you are laughing you are relaxed and feeling good, this lowers anxiety and feelings of sadness. Meditation helps keep you centered. It is a moment in your day that you take time out for yourself to concentrate on positive feelings. It is a great way to begin the day or end a workout.