September is Healthy Aging Month

September 10, 2019 | Posted in Independent Living

We observe September as Healthy Aging Month as a reminder to focus on the positive aspects of growing older and to take responsibility for one’s health—physically, socially, mentally, spiritually and financially.

According to American Senior Communities, the purpose of this observance is to change older adults’ mindsets to focus on the things they can do rather than their limitations. By living a healthy lifestyle, seniors can prevent a variety of chronic conditions that are responsible for up to 70 percent of deaths every year.

At Notre Dame Health System, we believe that remaining active, physically and mentally, is the key to maximizing quality of life. We strive to help our residents maintain positive outlooks by emphasizing activities and programs to keep them engaged with each other, families, friends and the community.

Here are some tips for helping seniors celebrate Healthy Aging Month, not only in September but also year-round:

1. Get up and move. Engaging in any physical activity that you enjoy, such as biking, walking or yoga, is vital to mental and physical health. It’s also a great way to put a smile on your face. Chateau de Notre Dame, Our Lady of Wisdom and Wynhoven Health Care Center have courtyards and outdoor spaces that are perfect for enjoying a sunny day.

2. Follow a healthy diet that consists of nourishing foods, such as nuts, whole grains, beans, fruits and vegetables, to help manage weight and increase energy. At Notre Dame, we believe that healthy eating inspires healthy aging. We provide full food and dining services to our residents, with three meals a day served in elegant, naturally lit dining rooms.

3. Learn something new. One way to stay mentally engaged is to learn a new skill or take up one that you enjoyed in the past. It’s never too late to learn to paint, knit or play the piano. We offer a wide range of arts and crafts activities in our communities at Chateau de Notre Dame, Wynhoven Health Care Center and Our Lady of Wisdom.

4. Participate in community and family activities with your loved ones. Enjoy an afternoon at the beauty salon or watch classic films in our multimedia room. We also offer mass services in the beautiful chapel at Our Lady of Wisdom, Bible studies at Wynhoven and bingo at all three facilities. Socializing with family, friends and the staff through meaningful, faith-based activities and community social events can help reduce stress from loneliness.

5. Stay positive. Remember what life felt like when you were in your 20s, 30s or 40s. Focus on that young and vibrant spirit and forget about “acting your age.” At Notre Dame, we maintain an environment that encourages residents to be the best version of themselves.

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