- Go on a culinary adventure! Avoid boredom in the kitchen by adding new, fresh fruits and vegetables to creative and exciting dishes. Substitute coconut milk in your morning cereal for a refreshing improvement, or try quinoa, a wildly popular ancient grain. Exploring your culinary creativity at home has the added benefit of allowing you to try an assortment of nutritional foods until you find a dish best suited to your taste buds!
- Enjoy the company of loved ones and pets! Register for classes at a local community center or organize weekly activities with friends.Socializing has a slew of health benefits and, more importantly, can boost your mood! Companionship from a pet can also help reduce stress and boost mood, too!
- Show off new skills! There is no age limit to learning, so pick up a book, join a class or research online to learn something new! Youtube.com has a vast library of videos and is a great place to learn how to play a new instrument, speak a new language or pick up expertise on a variety of topics.
- Get moving, get grooving! Physical exercise has proven benefits for both the body and the mind. Instead of sitting around, try adding some fun into your exercise routine by playing your favorite tunes! In addition to boosting your mood, research has shown that music increases physical endurance, so turn up the volume and get moving!
- Find your passion and follow it! If you don’t already have a favorite hobby, don’t fret! Try new things by enrolling in a local yoga class, organizing a hike with friends, or traveling to a new country. You never know when–or where–you’ll find your passion!
Worldwide there are an estimated 450,000 centenarians, people who are living to 100-years-old and beyond. In Japan alone, the centenarian population has quadrupled in the last decade. We have also seen a rise in the number of supercentenarians, or those individuals that live past their 110th birthday.
By studying the lifestyle habits of the Okinawans of Japan, some of the longest-living and healthiest people on Earth, we are able to adapt their best practices to encourage healthy longevity and quality of life. Home Care Assistance developed the Balanced Care Method™, a unique approach to senior care based on five key lifestyle behaviors of the elders of Okinawa: healthy diet, physical exercise, active social ties, mental stimulation and a sense of purpose and calm.
Below we offer 5 ways to satisfy these lifestyle behaviors so that you may join the ranks of the centenarian elite.
In winter months, driving conditions tend to be more dangerous due to rainy or snowy roads. For seniors, age-related declines in vision, mobility and reaction time can limit driving abilities, making it even more difficult to drive safely on slippery roads. To this end, we have put together 6 tips for safe driving that are important for your safety and that of others.
Follow these 6 tips to ensure your safe driving abilities!
We hope that by knowing your limitations and following the above 6 tips you will be able to drive safely and comfortably. However, it is important to recognize when it is time to turn in the keys, which can be a difficult but courageous decision. In support of your decision, Home Care Assistance offers professional caregivers to assist with transportation needs, ensuring both your independence and safety.
As we begin a new year, we encourage you to take the time to create your own health goals so that 2016 is a year filled with health and happiness. To this end, we have put together 4 New Year’s Resolutions to help you prioritize your own health in addition to that of the person or persons for whom you provide care.
4 Resolutions for your Personal Health and Well-Being
1. Eat healthy. Protecting your health starts with what you eat, so make sure to fuel yourself with a variety of nutritious fruits, vegetables, proteins and whole grains. Adhering to the Mediterranean diet, which is high in vegetables, fish, legumes, fruits, nuts and whole grains and low in dairy, meat, and alcohol, will help promote optimal health and well-being; try eating fish for dinner once per week or having grains with fruit and nuts for a healthy, energy-driven breakfast.
2. Get moving. Increase blood flow to your brain, heart and the rest of your body by being active. Take a class at your local community center or start your own personal fitness regimen with friends and family members. Whether you are running or doing yoga, find an activity that you love and can look forward to doing for one hour twice per week.
3. Get a good night’s sleep. Take time to de-stress and ensure that you can get the recommended eight hours of sleep per night — aim to get a full night’s rest twice per week or find time to nap on days when you cannot. We understand that caregiving can take an emotional toll on an individual, which is why taking time for yourself to unwind can be a much-needed relief. We recommend taking a bath, meditating or placing lavender near the bed to promote calm and ensure a peaceful night’s rest.
4. Be happy! Take the time to enjoy life, friends and family. If you are suffering from anxiety, depression or chronic stress, make it a priority to see a physician and take care of yourself. Find an activity that you are passionate about such as reading, painting, or spending time with loved ones, and find time to do it one to two times per week. Happiness is contagious, and if you are feeling positive, it is sure to spread to your clients!
Set realistic goals and encourage friends and family members to join you on your path to better health — having team support can help you go the extra mile! We also advise making small lifestyle changes in behavior as opposed to big sweeping changes so that you can stay focused and motivated in the coming months and succeed at fulfilling these resolutions.
We know that you’ll see a boost in physical energy and mood with improvements in personal health, and we’re rooting for you to have a happy and healthy 2016!