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Staying Happy and Healthy when Aging

November 4, 2016

There’s a common saying floating around that states: “happiness comes from within.” We say that happiness can come from many external places as well as inner happiness. Wherever you draw happiness from will lead to a longer, more fulfilled life and the science proves it. 

In a study that examined thousands of people for several years, researchers have found that the happier participants experienced a reduced risk of heart disease and kept healthy habits like exercising regularly and refrained from smoking. 

The other extremes of happiness, such as stress and sadness, have proven adverse health effects. Prolonged periods of negative stress (stress that cannot be turned into a motivator,) can lead to hair loss, high blood pressure, increased risk of heart disease, and so on. Stressors that originated early in life, like childhood neglect and abuse, have even more dire consequences on one’s health and overall wellbeing. 

Aging can be a stressful rite of passage. Both men and women can experience hair loss, aching bones, and any other undesirable, seemingly irreversible changes in their bodies. The realization that age may be catching up them and they aren’t as young as they once were can take a toll on their self-esteem and overall confidence. What can be done to prevent the stress of aging taking a toll on a senior’s happiness?

 1)   Remind them that age is just a number – you’re as young, or as old, as you feel. The body may not be as willing as it used to be, but the mind should always be primed and ready to go

2)   Build strong relationships – seniors need to keep warm relationships with loved ones. Close connections with family and friends go a long way and remind them that even as they get older, they aren’t alone as they have people to grow old with.

3)   Don’t worry and be happy! If every day is filled with laughter, smiles, and overall joy, then aging will be the least of your worries.

 

We strive to make every day worthwhile for our residents at Centers Health Care. All of our facilities have lots of fun activities planned, from arts and crafts to games. Learn more about our facilities at www.centershealthcare.com/locations

 

 

 

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