More than anything, seniors want to remain independent. They want to make their own choices, from something as simple as what to eat for breakfast to where they choose to reside. However, remaining independent can be challenging, especially if your senior loved one is resistant to change. Fortunately, with a little convincing, there are simple changes that older adults can make now to retain their independence for longer.
- Making healthy choices. One of the leading causes of loss of independence in seniors is physical inactivity or limitations. Even if mom already has some mobility issues, there is no reason why she should remain inactive. In fact, this is more of a reason why she should prioritize her physical health. It’s the best way to keep the body in good working condition. Regular exercise allows muscles and joints to move more freely and stimulates the cardiac system. Physical activity can also help improve overall balance, prevent falls, and build strength – all which benefit senior independence. Older adults should also couple working out with eating a healthy diet filled with lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Food can be the greatest medicine, and when you eat right, you give your body exactly what it needs to perform the best.
- Let’s get digital. While change can be scary, it is mostly a good thing that we now live in a world with ever-changing technology. It may be hard for seniors to embrace at first, but technology can be a key factor in staying independent. With technology, dad can manage his daily medications through apps and alarm reminders. These tools can have a huge impact because mismanaging medications is a surefire way to create a host of health issues, some as severe as overdosing. Technology like your senior parent’s smartphone can also help them stay connected to you, extended family, and friends. This connection aids in their independence because it will give you peace of mind to know they are only a phone call or text away. Not to mention, there are many useful apps on smartphones that are designed to keep the mind sharp. Learning new things helps prevent cognitive decline in older adults – which in turn, helps them stay independent and mentally agile for longer.
- Change in home environment. Take a look at your loved one’s current living situation: what can they change about it to gain more independence? Are there household chores like cleaning multiple bedrooms or mowing the lawn keeping them from living the way they really want to? If you are nodding your head in agreement, a change to mom or dad’s home environment may be the ticket to the independent lifestyle they deserve. Downsizing and moving to a senior living community may initially seem like a loss of independence to them, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. With community living, assistance is available when needed, allowing older adults more time and opportunity to focus on what they most enjoy.
Independent seniors in Camden County NJ
At our assisted living community in Collingswood, seniors are free to choose the independent lifestyle that makes the most sense for them. We have many scheduled activities and events each month that all residents are welcome to join. Activities include group meditation, dance classes, movie nights, virtual museum tours, and much more. Our professional and dedicated team members are available to assist your loved one from morning to night, ensuring they have everything they need to flourish at UMC at Collingswood.
To find out more about assisted living for seniors in Camden County NJ, please contact us today or visit our website at: https://umcommunities.org/collingswood/
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