Health & Wellness

Happy, Healthy, Holistic: Maintaining Whole-Body Health

November 22nd, 2021

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Staying healthy is an important part of living a long and prosperous life. All too often, however, people simply associate this with their physical health. This is indeed an important part of longevity and happiness, but it is not the only piece of the puzzle. Those that neglect their spiritual and mental health, even if they are in peak physical condition, often find they are not getting as much out of life as they could be.

While staying healthy is important for everyone, it becomes increasingly so with advanced age. As we get older, our bodies and minds become more vulnerable to falls, illnesses, dementia and other medical conditions. Remaining in prime health is vital to flourishing in one’s retirement years – and this means looking at the whole picture. Below is a look at why full-body health is so important and how seniors can pursue each area.

Physical Health

Advanced age is often accompanied by physical limitations and reduced energy. For many, this pushes fitness to the backburner. However, staying fit is very important for seniors whose bodies are becoming more vulnerable and prone to injury. What’s more, according to Harvard Health, physical fitness and forms of exercise are associated with living longer. It is recommended that people spend between 150 and 300 minutes per week pursuing moderate aerobic activity. This can include anything from neighborhood walks to swimming and biking. Those exploring independent living or assisted living should look for communities with gyms, pools and walking trails. This provides plenty of opportunities for aerobic activity with different options to keep things fresh.

Spiritual Health

Maintaining one’s faith has been shown to present health benefits, most of which are of growing importance later in life. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Most studies have shown that religious involvement and spirituality are associated with better health outcomes, including greater longevity, coping skills, and health-related quality of life (even during terminal illness) and less anxiety, depression, and suicide.” Finding a senior living option that offers opportunities for religious involvement, such as bible study or an on-campus chapel, can help promote these health benefits

Mental Health

Mental health has been a popular cultural topic recently, and with good reason. The CDC claims that “Mental and physical health are equally important components of overall health. For example, depression increases the risk for many types of physical health problems, particularly long-lasting conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Similarly, the presence of chronic conditions can increase the risk for mental illness.” One of the largest disruptors of mental health for aging adults is isolation, which can lead to feelings of depression and loneliness. Finding a senior living solution like an assisted living community can provide a vibrant social setting and opportunities for fun and self-discovery – all of which are great for mental health.

If you have an aging loved one who is lacking in these areas, a transition to senior living could be in their best interest. The right community would provide ample opportunities for staying healthy physically, mentally and spiritually.

If you would like to learn more about a senior living solution like this serving Seattle and surrounding areas with independent living, assisted living, memory care and more, call CRISTA Senior Living today at (206) 546-7565 contact us online.

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