As people age, they almost always become less active. Joints may begin to hurt and illnesses such as arthritis, diabetes and poor circulation may appear more apparent. These physical threats can sometimes make many feel a lot older than they actually are.
Another threat that often affects the elderly is the risk of emotional illness. Certain individuals may feel that as they get older, fewer of their friends are able to take part in activities they once enjoyed on a regular basis and grandchildren and children seem more distant – thus causing the elderly to feel alone and neglected.
How to Overcome The Threats
Staying active is certainly one way to enjoy a happy and healthy lifestyle and joining a number of local clubs is a good way to not only meet new people but also to stay in shape.
Exercises such as pilates, bowls, yoga, swimming and golf are just a few of the more gentle, yet also, more social sports available. Joining such clubs will allow the elderly to overcome emotional threats such as loneliness as they will meet a number of new friends whilst also keeping their body strong.
Making Life That Little Bit Easier
Tasks such as getting up and down the stairs may seem simple to most, yet to the elderly, such a duty can seem extremely difficult and time consuming, Not being able to move around the house as freely as they wish can cause a great deal of distress to certain individuals in their later years.
This is where installing a home-lift comes into play. Such a device, although simple to install, is an ingenuous solution to those who experience mobility problems.
Staying in Touch
Those who make an effort with friends and family on a regular basis – whether through a simple phone call or a coffee catch-up – will enjoy a fuller life.
In fact, more and more of the elderly are using the internet to stay in touch. The internet acts as a lifeline to those who live many miles away from friends and family and is an easy way to make regular contact with loved ones around the globe.
Aside from staying in touch with others, it’s also a great way to conduct research, shop, listen to music and watch films.
Keeping the Mind Active
As well as keeping the body in tiptop shape, it’s also imperative for the elderly to keep their minds active. Whether they choose to indulge in a variety of games online, such as Sudoku, such activities are a good way to help prevent the likes of
Alzheimer’s and Dementia.
The elderly may choose to enjoy these games alone and in the comfort of their own home or alternatively with others. Inviting a group of friends around to the home for a regular game of cards is just one of the many options available to the elderly and one that will help to keep the mind sharp.