When you look at the mirror and feel that you are a ghost of what you were, then it is time to wake up to the reality – Yes! You are growing old, but you can age gracefully. If you are old, it’s the retirement phase of life where you need to reminiscing and letting your body rest after all those years of hard work. But, don’t make the mistake of turning this dormant phase into a way of life.
If you have checked yourself into a care home, then you have a whole host of activities that can ensure you make the best of old age. If you want to stay active and healthy all through your old age, then doing the following activities will keep you busy and keep you healthy.
Exercise your brain
Keeping your mind active will help in reducing the risk of getting brain conditions such as dementia or Alzheimer’s. You can play the everyday crosswords, sudoku or even puzzles that you enjoy the most. Even reading keeps your mind active. You can also maintain a journal or write a blog about subjects that you passionately feel about. As you exercise your brains, it also keeps you alert and energetic to take on others tasks of the day.
Exercise your body
As you grow old, it is natural that you may show symptoms of various problems such a leg pain, back ache or overall weakness. So, don’t think that your body is tired and needs rest. Instead, start doing small exercises after consulting a doctor. Once exercises become a part of your routine, then you will realise that the fatigue that you were feeling was because of lack of exercise.
You can also go for long walks with your partner. Take your partner to the beach or a nearby park. Walking always helps you calm down and tighten your leg muscles.
Join the club
There a many clubs that encourage old people to do activities together. It can be the laughter club in the park or the book club at a famous store. If you are socially active, it will naturally make you feel alive and young.
In addition, you can join the Yoga club or cycling club. You will have to wake up in the morning, join your friends and have a solid session to improve your health
You get to meet new people, make interesting friends and expand your social circle. As a result, you will start taking more interest keeping a healthy diet and staying fit.
Join an old age home
When you want to be independent about the way you spend your time, without being burdened by other responsibilities, you can go to an old age home. Your food and living will be taken care off and your health conditions will be monitored frequently. Therefore, you won’t have to worry about anything but staying fit and being active. While choosing a care home, you need to make sure the activities they provide match with your hobbies. In this way, you will be able to enjoy all your free time.