As scientific studies and medical advancements increase our knowledge about health and wellness, people are using this information to make positive changes in their daily lives. Because of this, people are living longer, healthier and more active lives than ever before. To achieve this, people of all ages are learning about and setting health and wellness goals for themselves.
This is especially important for older adults who have an increased risk of illness, disease and general health decline if they don’t make an effort to maintain overall health. As you age, regular physical activity leads to more independence, prevention of cognitive decline, and relief from depression and anxiety. Based on that alone, the benefit to your quality of life is tremendous!
What Are Your Health and Wellness Goals?
Do you want to lose weight? Get stronger? Improve your balance? Lower your blood pressure? Maintain your mental focus? Reduce stress? Have some fun? Maybe all these? Great! So, how do you go about achieving this?
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services suggests that older adults get 30 minutes of moderate activity on most days, and engage in strength training and balance exercises two to three times per week. These recommendations bring up an important issue: Learning about health and wellness goals can be a real challenge. There’s a lot of information out there to sort through, and as you age, possible limitations and safety concerns become all the more important to consider. And you should talk to your doctor about a specific weight goal and any physical activity before beginning an exercise routine.
Once you’ve set goals for your overall health, it’s time to find activities that will help you meet those goals. As you get older, access to healthy lifestyle activities can become limited. Maybe you’re less comfortable driving these days. Perhaps you’re concerned that walking alone could lead to an injury. Easy access to safe activities is critical to healthy living as you age.
This challenge is one of the many reasons older adults choose to retire in senior living communities where experts can help you set goals for your overall health and motivate you to stay on track. In fact, 40% of older adults choose their independent living community based on the wellness programming, and 75% of residents say that participation in a wellness program has made them more satisfied with their daily life.
Evidence-Based Wellness Programs at Edgemere
Edgemere wellness programs rise above providing simple organized activities. The programs found here take a holistic approach to residents’ well-being and are backed by scientific research that focuses on key components of successful aging including
- Lifelong learning
- Health education
- Nutrition education and healthy food preparation
- Social Interaction
These critical components are at the core of our purposeful programs, and keep our team members focused on what’s best for you and your lifelong health and wellness goals.