You might be tempted to imagine that social networking websites like Facebook and Twitter are strictly the territory of the young, but you’d be well off the mark! More and more seniors are taking to social media and making the most out of the different benefits to be found, from keeping in touch with loved ones to exploring a whole host of interests and getting involved in communities that span the globe. An American survey from Pew in 2018 found that 37% of people aged 65 and above were active on Social Media, while a similar survey in the Netherlands the year before found that 34% engaging in the same age demographic, and these numbers are growing steadily! Let’s take a look at what Social…

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We all expect some physical and mental decline as we age, but of course, we hope to keep those challenges at bay for as long as possible! Fascinatingly, more and more studies seem to be pointing to dance as a fun and accessible activity, which seems to take on just about all aspects of age-related decline with impressive results. With a twirl and a heel kick, let’s investigate all the reasons why you or your senior loved one should consider signing up for a dance class today!   A Little Cha-Cha Is All It Takes For A Happy Hippocampus The Hippocampus is an important part of our brain that plays a key role in all sorts of things from short and long term memory, spatial awareness,…

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Have you ever picked up a book with the goal of self development? Perhaps it’s something you’ve never done or maybe it’s a resource you’ve used many times over the years. The autumn years of our lives are not always easy, but whilst we are certain to face our own personal physical or mental challenges at times; these needn’t define or dominate our lives. With a little inspiration we can opt to actively draw on our wealth of experiences, finding satisfaction in our ability to adapt and recognising the light and comedy in life’s evolution! There is great confidence to be found in the way we know ourselves in later life and this spark can be drawn upon to make every moment count. With this in…

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“To be a person is to have a story to tell.” – Isak Dinesen   Most of us have at some point experienced the loss of a loved one and wished that in the time we had we’d asked more questions, been more inquisitive about their youth, their passions, the lessons they learned and the things they saw. Why then, do we hesitate to see the value in our own stories? It’s easy to imagine that in this big world our experiences are insignificant, but in reality human beings thrive on stories. It is those intimate, personal tales that inspire and mould us, especially if they help us build a sense of our origins and heritage. For these reasons, writing your memoirs is one of the greatest…

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Getting your daily quota of exercise doesn’t have to be difficult or complicated. As a general rule of thumb, a minimum of 30 minutes physical activity each day is enough to keep you fit and healthy and this can even be broken down into smaller increments if that is the only way you can fit it into your daily routine. Believe it or not, you don’t need to hit the gym to get fit. Even a brisk walk is sufficient exercise for your body’s needs. One thirty minute session every day is enough to help you to do all of the following: Maintain a healthy weight Strengthen your bones and muscles Improve your balance and coordination Improve your mood Help you to sleep better Prevent or…

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I think, by now, that we all know that we need to keep ourselves fit and healthy, both mentally and physically for many reasons, but how do we ensure that we remain active as we age? After all, many of us find running and cycling out of the question and even walking can be painful, particularly if we have aching joints and weak muscles. One thing we can all do is swim because water helps to support our weaker areas and enables us to exercise more areas of our body than a thorough workout at the gym can even achieve. Not only does swimming exercise our bodies, it also helps our mental health too. Here are a few good reasons to take up swimming: Swimming is…

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Keeping fit and healthy is vital as we age, both for our mental and physical well being, but it can, of course, be more challenging to remain active when our bodies start to feel the pressure of old age. The good news is that recent studies have shown that a great way to thwart any decline is simply to dance. Thankfully we don’t all have to become budding ballroom dancers or master the Merengue to enjoy and benefit from this excellent form of exercise. It’s absolutely still of benefit to just lose yourself in some great music and shake your booty. So why is dancing so great? Here are three excellent reasons: Physical Fitness Regular dancing can help to maintain a healthy weight which in turn…

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Most of us have long been aware that spending time outdoors is good for our wellbeing but increasingly human beings seem to spend more and more time inside staring at a screen rather than going outside and enjoying the benefits of fresh air and open spaces. Our obsession with spending time indoors seems to be becoming more prevalent as we head towards our senior years. It could be that as our body’s age we find ourselves less mobile so we tend to relax in a chair in front of the TV rather than dashing around exercising etc. Yet this is the time of our life when we have more time to enjoy the outdoors and gain heaps more health benefits, which can only be a positive…

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Creating art is a positive activity that is great for our mental health, because it stimulates the brain; making it incredibly beneficial for everyone. Many people shy away from getting involved with creating art, as they fear that they are lacking any talent in this arena, but with so many different creative outlets to choose from, there is something out there for everyone. All you need is a pinch of passion and a willingness to go for it – expressing yourself creatively regardless of the outcome! Once you learn to let go of your fears and dabble in some creative activities, you can begin to enjoy some of the many pleasurable benefits. Creating art can boost your sense of wellbeing immeasurably, by improving your psychological health…

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Practicing yoga can be very beneficial for your health! It improves your muscle tone, improves flexibility, increases energy levels and much more. It is an excellent form of exercise for seniors because it is low impact and can be performed at any age. Yoga can also help reduce the effects of ageing on the body, allowing seniors to maintain an active lifestyle, as they get older. Practising yoga regularly also has a calming effect that can reduce stress, meaning you will look and feel great! Below we explore the health benefits of Yoga and offer some great tips for getting started! Incredible Health Benefits Retain muscle mass and function After the age of 30, people begin to lose muscle mass and muscle function. This is due…

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If you are finding retirement a little bit boring, perhaps you should take up a new hobby! There are dozens of exciting hobbies that can keep you occupied and add a little excitement to your life. Hobbies can also help you stay mentally and physically fit as you age. Benefits of Hobbies For The Elderly Why take up a hobby? Because there are many benefits associated with keeping yourself occupied, including: Hobbies help you expand your social circle You can meet some interesting people and make some new friends You can make useful items If you take up a hobby like woodworking or sewing, you can make some useful items that make fantastic gifts for your loved ones They help maintain cognitive function Hobbies are great…

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Did you know that playing computer games can have a range of health benefits, including improvements in memory, problem-solving ability and language skills? Recent studies have shown that many of the benefits obtained from playing computer games are particularly useful for older people. Playing games can help ward off neurodegenerative diseases that are common in the older population, improve social connections and much more. This article will highlight a few of the benefits obtained from this fun-filled pastime!   How Many Elderly People Are Into Gaming? While many people assume that only teenagers and children play computer games, the reality is much different. Research from 2010 found that 41% of gamers are between the ages of 18 and 49, and an astonishing 26% of people who…

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Spring is now upon us, it is a time of change and rejuvenation as the energy stored during that long, chilly period of hibernation can now be put to good use. There is nothing like breathing in some fresh spring air, feeling the warmth of the sun on your skin and soaking up some well needed Vitamin D to renew the spirit and enhance your wellbeing. So now it is time to put away those box sets that kept you company over the past few months, get outdoors and allow nature to revive your soul. We have some great ideas for spring activities that will inspire you to get outdoors this season: Local Park or Nature Trail This wonderful green planet is blessed with so many…

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There are many different ways for older adults to express their creativity, through a favourite art or craft, writing, dance, even cooking or gardening. In last week’s blog, we discussed some of the ways that participation in creative activities can be beneficial to the physical and psychological health of an elderly person. Dedicating time to creative endeavours whether alone or in a group situation stimulates cognitive function, helping to keep the mind alert and can have a positive impact on self esteem, whilst reducing feelings of stress and anxiety. Being creative in a group environment with friends or through local clubs and classes enables an individual to enjoy the social aspect of their activity, along with all of the other associated health benefits. Do You Consider…

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Remaining socially active and taking part in activities that you find enjoyable is an important part of aging healthily and helps you to stay as sharp and healthy as you have always been by keeping your physical and emotional health in check. The Transition Into Retirement Is Not Always Easy Having looked forward to retirement many people struggle to come to terms with the transition into early retirement and are shocked to find that they miss the structure that their life had whilst they were still in employment. With too much time on your hands and a lack of fun activities and social interactions to fill it, loneliness and isolation can creep up on you when you least expect it, making life feel rather empty and…

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Once learned, swimming is one of those skills that remain with you throughout your lifetime, a bit like riding a bicycle; it is one of things you never forget. The ability to swim is an important life skill, especially when you consider that around 75% of the earth is covered in water and yet, it is estimated that one in five adults in the UK is unable to swim. Some people are non-swimmers because they never had the opportunity to learn, but in other cases, an unpleasant experience or fears associated with water create a barrier to learning. If you cannot swim and wish you could, there is nothing stopping you from enquiring about adult lessons at your local pool, it is never too late to…

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From birth onwards, we are continually experiencing new things for the very first time, constantly learning and growing as we see and experience everything that there is to see and learn in the environment around us. Some of the happiest, most memorable and exciting times in our lives stem back to the times that we were doing, or experiencing something new for the very first time and when you think about it, there is really no reason why this should suddenly stop in later life. Get Out Of That Rut! It is easy to get stuck in a rut, avoiding new challenges and playing it safe with familiar, tried and tested routines that make us feel safe, but the moment you fall into that pattern and…

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