Activities Keeping Miami’s Elderly Happy & Healthy
No matter what your current age might be, it’s wise to maintain an active lifestyle. Given the benefits that staying active can yield, an active lifestyle may be even more important for senior citizens.
Here are some of the benefits that staying active can yield for seniors:
- Reduced risk of stroke, obesity, diabetes, certain cancers, and heart disease
- Improved cognitive function
- Elevated mood and outlook
- Greater physical strength
- Better balance
- Enhanced self-worth
Knowing that being active can yield meaningful results for seniors is one thing. Actually developing an active lifestyle is quite another. Luckily, the team at Advancare has some ideas that can help you get going.
Join a Gym
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that seniors get at least two hours and 30 minutes of moderately intense aerobic exercise every week. Using exercise equipment commonly found at a gym such as a treadmill can make working out easier on joints because it softens the pounding your knees, hips, and ankles will experience.
Don’t limit your workouts to aerobic exercises exclusively. You should also engage in strength-building activities such as weightlifting or resistance training and balance activities like tai chi several times per week.
All types of charities exist that rely on help from volunteers, such as shelters, soup kitchens, and animal rescues, to name just a few examples. To stay active, consider volunteering at one or several local charities.
Welcome a Dog into Your Home
Dogs of all sizes, breeds, and mixes need daily activity just like you do. To ensure you go for a walk at least twice a day, why not welcome a dog into your home?
If you like that idea but don’t look forward to being responsible for a companion animal on a permanent basis, consider fostering a pet until the dog finds a forever home. Are you worried about a dog being too excitable for you to handle? If so, you may want to adopt one of the many senior dogs that populate shelters and rescues throughout the United States.
Engage in Activities That Stimulate the Mind Alone or with Others
There are plenty of things you can do alone or with others that will stimulate your mind and keep you engaged. If you’re on your own, visit the local library and catch up on all the reading you may have put off for years or investigate the assisted living options for seniors that are available in your area in case you need to make a change down the line.
Playing cards or board games like Scrabble with others is a great way to engage your mind. If your friends are up for an adventure, plan a road trip to a destination you haven’t visited before. Going out to eat with your comrades, attending a sporting event or a show, starting and managing a community garden, creating a social group for people who have an interest in one of your hobbies – the list of activities you can enjoy with others is only limited by your imagination.
Let Our Miami-Dade Home Care Agency Help Keep You Active
If mobility issues are preventing you from being active, Advancare can help. We offer companion care, help with errands, incidental transportation, and other services that can allow you to be active and engaged in and outside your home.
Advancare – the home care agency for active seniors in and around Miami, FL.
Six Benefits of Music Therapy for Miami Seniors
Music is more than something that can get your blood pumping at the club or a means to entertain you as you’re cruising down the highway. When used properly, music can also be a form of therapy that can benefit people of all ages, including senior citizens.
What is Music Therapy?
If you’ve never thought of music in a therapeutic sense, it may be difficult for you to think of it as a kind of therapy. Knowing what music therapy is can give you a clearer picture of its therapeutic applications, however. According to the American Music Therapy Association, music therapy is, “an established health profession in which music is used within a therapeutic relationship to address physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of individuals.”
How Music Therapy Can Help
When music therapy is part of senior care in Miami and other locations, it can provide some meaningful benefits to people who participate in it. Even people who aren’t particularly fond of music can benefit from this type of therapy!
Many people associate music with events from their past, which means music can bring memories from years ago to the front of a person’s mind. Even when a dementia patient can’t communicate anymore, music has been proven to be an effective treatment for evoking positive responses and increasing engagement.
As it progresses, music therapy can help older participants improve their speech and enhance their ability to respond to inquiries and make decisions. Music therapy can slow the deterioration of language skills in people who have dementia and it can help individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s disease to recognize and/or hum their favorite tunes even after they lose their speech abilities.
Music and dancing go hand in hand, which means music therapy can get senior participants up, moving around and socializing. Even if patients lack the mobility to dance, they can still tap to the beat of the music or clap their hands.
Music therapy involves plenty of chances for seniors to interact with their therapists and other patients. The socialization opportunities that are inherently available in music therapy sessions can help seniors ward off feelings of being isolated, lonely or depressed, which can improve their physical health and sense of mental well-being.
People suffering from dementia don’t always handle changes to their daily routines well. Music therapy can help patients adjust to changes in a calm, non-aggressive manner.
Music therapists can help terminal patients transition to the afterlife in a more relaxed state by playing songs that reduce their physical pain and emotional distress. They can also help a patient’s family members manage their grief with the help of music by making a legacy gift of a CD that includes their dying loved one’s favorite songs or by composing a song that celebrates the patient’s life.
Elderly Companion Care by Advancare
Music therapy is often part of the elderly companion care we provide for seniors living throughout Miami-Dade County. If therapy sessions are held outside of the home, our team can transport you or your loved one to the appropriate medical facility whenever a music therapy session is scheduled.
Call (305) 441-9794 the proven source for compassionate senior care in Miami, FL and surrounding areas.
Your children love spending time with grandma and grandpa, which is great for everyone involved. Now, new scientific research has revealed that grandparents babysitting grandchildren could actually lower the risk of Alzheimer’s.
Tips for Long Distance Senior Care
Caring for far away loved ones can be quite the challenge. If you live far away from someone that you care about and they need constant attention, then check out some of these helpful long distance senior care tips. It is always important to understand how your loved one may feel about being cared for from a distance. The most crucial thing you can do is put yourself in their shoes and take into account how they feel about the situation. Your life will be affected, but theirs will be affected even more than yours. Always keep this in mind, even when caring from someone close by. These things are not always easy to deal with and it is important to remember what matters most to you and your loved one: being there for each other and loving one another.
Understanding the Difference – Alzheimer’s & Dementia
Alzheimer’s is a degenerative disease of the brain. It is the leading cause of dementia, which is a term for a group of symptoms including memory loss, impaired judgment, loss of language, and reduced motor skills. There is currently no known cure for Alzheimer’s disease.
When our brains age, it may become tougher to remember things that you easily used to remember. To prevent this, there are many different things you can do to both strengthen your memory and improve your time management skills. Check out our previous post that focused on improving your mental health from a couple of weeks ago for some tips on how to keep your memory sharp. This week’s post focuses on time management and what you can do to improve it while bettering yourself.
There are many new advancements in the medical field every single day. Many of these advancements are extremely surprising to a lot of people. It can be quite exciting when someone finds a possible treatment that is not only effective, but also easy to obtain and relatively cheap. That is exactly what happened to Dr. Mary Newport and her husband, who is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
Being a healthy human being is not just about keeping your body in good shape. It also requires you to be sound mentally. In some ways, mental health can be more important than physical health. Also, if you are not sound mentally, then you may find it hard to even get into the physical exercises. There are many little things seniors, as well as the average person, can do to keep their minds sharp and focused. The brain is like a muscle, so it is important to keep it challenged and strong.
This week, we will be focusing on weight training safety and techniques that are good for seniors. Some seniors, especially the ones that have been exercising consistently for a long period of time, may want to consider doing as much weight training as possible. Weight training is a great way to keep your muscles working and your blood flowing. Not only can it help your muscles, but it can also help your balance and coordination, so you can prevent a fall before it happens. Mixing weight training with cardio every week is a great way to balance out your routine.
We are back this week with some great activity and sports suggestions that will help you become a healthier and stronger senior. As we have stated in past blog posts, it is very important for everyone, especially seniors, to be as active as possible. There are many ways you can stay fit and active, and not all of them are very strenuous. Staying fit in your old age can add years to your life, but only if you maintain your goals and stay on track. Use your good health as proper motivation to keep it where it needs to be. The easiest way to do this is to make a proper routine, and we will help you do just that in future blog posts, so be sure to check back with us weekly. Now onto this weeks topic.