September is Healthy Aging Month! And, this September we wanted to share a few tips to help you improve your mental, physical, social and financial well-being. After all, it is never too late to take control of your life and health.
The first step to taking control of your life and health is considering mental health. An important part of mental health is remembering to stay positive. Ditch the negativity! Have uplifting conversations, be positive in your actions, and hang around those who make you feel better. When you’re positive, time with your loved ones becomes even more enjoyable!
Another part of mental health is brain stimulation. Taking cognitive action to stimulate your mind will improve focus and mental clarity. Engaging in physical activity will also stimulate the mind. There are also countless Brain-training games that can also boost brain health! Here are a few Brain-training game to consider:
- Crossword Puzzle
- Card Games (eg. Spider Solitaire, Solitaire)
- Board Games (When Social Distancing is Not in Place)
As we age, it is ever so important to consider physical health. Without it, the quality of living goes way down. Don't forget to schedule annual check ups. For your loved ones and yourself, this is very important. Set up your physical and other annual health screenings to make sure your health is on track! Some common annual screenings for the elderly include:
- Blood Pressure Check
- Eye Exams
- Hearing Test
- Bone Density Scan
- Blood Test for Lipids
- Colorectal Cancer Exam
- Dental Cleanings
Physical activity is also a big part of your physical health. It is important to take responsibility for your physical actions, such as walking. Analyze your gait and check your loved one's gait too. Then, don't forget to wear comfortable shoes and your heels first. This will help you walk tall!
There are many ways to stay active, but you might consider physical activities such as dancing, swimming, jogging or aerobic exercise classes! Gardening and household chores can even get the heart pumping.
Although social activities in 2020 look a little different, it is important to connect with other people. You can plan phone calls with a group of friends, download an app so you can challenge each other in a virtual game, and even do virtual classes or cooking activities together. Be social when and where you can.
All of us are busy, but it is important to fit time in the schedule for your loved ones. It is not only good for you and your health, it is also good for them. Don't forget to write it down on the calendar so you have something to look forward to. Because we are currently in the middle of a Pandemic, here are some ideas for virtual social activities to include on this month’s calendar include:
- Price is Right Virtual Game
- Buckingham Palace Virtual Tour
- The Louvre Paris Virtual Tour
- Columbia Theatre Virtual Performances
Our finances are as much a part of our health plan as everything else. You may want to consider financial planning with long-term care needs in the plan. Lock in a policy now because as you age, the plan becomes more expensive.
Remember that it is never too late to begin setting financial goals and budgeting. These are imperative to plan for retirement and long-term care. Budgets help you see where your money is going each month and financial goals will help you keep that budget in line. Don’t forget to remind your loved ones to take advantage of senior discounts!
At Aging Solutions Utah, we care deeply for your family, and are interested in helping you with your specific needs. Our Geriatric Care Managers can help develop care plans, get your loved ones to their appointments, and we are here to make sure they stay healthy. Contact us to discuss if our team can make a difference in the life of your loved one.