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4 Fun Ways for Seniors to Get Fit While Being Social

by Jim Vogel

 

Seniors have a higher risk of depression and dementia when they are isolated from friends and family members. But, staying active helps ward off mental disorders and the brain deterioration that characterizes dementia. That’s why seniors should combine getting fit and being social; exercising with friends is one of the best ways for seniors to stay physically and mentally fit. We share some tips for having fun and being social while getting fit below.

 

  1. Go Dancing

Dancing is a physical activity that gets seniors socializing while increasing their heart rate, improving their balance, and keeping them moving. Dancing is fun and gives seniors a chance to reminisce with their favorite tunes. One study also shows that dancing is an ideal physical activity for seniors who have knee and hip pain: older adults with arthritis or stiffness …

 

Self-care is Vital to Caregivers, Too

Caregivers are used to giving care, not getting it. So that can make it extra difficult to make time for yourself. You put all of yourself into taking care of others. While noble, it’s also bad for you.

If you’re a caregiver for someone with Alzheimer’s disease, you’re at a much greater risk for developing depression than the average person, studies show, which means that self-care — physical and mental — is extremely important.

Reevaluate your commitment to your own health so that you can be ready to take care of others, too. There are 15 million people in the United States who care for a friend or family member with Alzheimer’s Disease, according to the Caregiver Action Network. The work you do as family caregiver is very important, but it takes a strong person to do it. And …

 
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