Medical care has advanced to a point where we are living longer than before. While longevity has increased, quality of life is equally important. Finding meaning and value in life is vital to our self-esteem and mental well-being. However, the precarious balance of your support system often loses its equilibrium with life changes, especially as you age. As your children or loved ones grow and move away, living in solitude may be difficult, particularly as you have become used to living with your family. The death of a spouse or significant other may also contribute to a sense of isolation or even depression. Read on to find out how to improve your quality of life even with altered life circumstances.
Find or Create a Sense of Purpose
Ageism in society dismisses older adults as having little to contribute. Fortunately, this negative perception is being eradicated with more people living to advanced ages. Older adults have a lot to give in terms of experience, knowledge, and creativity. Finding or creating a sense of purpose can include activities like volunteering at a soup kitchen or animal shelter, or giving classes to underprivileged children at the local community center.
Be Aware of Signs of Depression
Depression is not a natural accompaniment to aging. It is a mentally debilitating disorder whose effects can spill over into affecting your physical health. It is important to be aware of the signs of depression so that you can seek out treatment right away to avoid a worsening spiral. Common symptoms include feelings of hopelessness, irritability, persistent sadness, and a loss of interest in personal hygiene and upkeep of appearance. It is advisable to seek professional care if you spot yourself or your loved ones exhibiting such signs of depression.
Form Connections with Others
With more time spent in solitude, loneliness can set in and make you feel isolated from society. Being involved with a community of like-minded people makes you feel connected to society and gives you a sense of direction in life. Other than regularly keeping in contact with family and friends, take the plunge and seek out opportunities to connect with others. Join interest groups such as hiking or book clubs to meet people who share the same interests as you.
Get Regular Exercise
Exercise keeps you fit physically, but the link between regular exercise and mental wellness has also been firmly established. Physical motion not only stimulates your cardiovascular system and strengthens your bones and muscles, but also lower levels of stress hormones like cortisol and epinephrine. As such, regular exercises benefit your immune system by lowering the levels of such stress hormones. In addition, exercising outdoors increases the manufacture of Vitamin D, which is vital for bone health. Getting a moderate dose of sunlight also elevates mood and benefits emotional health.
Be Part of Our Friendly and Welcoming Community
Our team members at Discovery Village Vero Beach provide exceptional care to our senior living community. The physical and emotional health of our community is a topmost priority. If you wish to discover all that we have to offer, please feel free to reach out to us!