Recently, a study was published that spurred a wave of headlines reading: “Reading and Writing Slow Dementia” The finding created some buzz because many of us read and some of us are even proud of what we read. Book clubs rejoiced. It takes time and concentration to lose yourself in a book, and it can be an incredibly rewarding experience. The fact that reading helps to keep our brains working better well into old age is excellent, but not that surprising. These findings aren’t a first.
What It Takes to Age with Grace
Regardless of old age, these activities are good for us and help to keep us young:
- Stepping outside into green spaces
- Maintaining strong relationships
- Staying physically active
- Having a sense of purpose
Our bodies are hardwired to move with friends in the outdoors and to believe in something bigger than our own life. If we stay true to what our bodies have been made to do, we age with grace.
The hard part maintaining a high quality of life as we age is the physical structure of our lives. A comfortable bed or couch with a TV is an easier alternative for short term satisfaction, but it takes away from our long term functions. Visiting friends or family might require a drive or flight, and who wants to impose? Maybe, the weather is bad, so staying inside just seems like a better idea.
As we age, maintaining the lifestyle our bodies were made for requires more motivation, more effort and more help.
In-home Care can Help Us Age with Grace
As in-home care providers, we help facilitate a healthy lifestyle by:
- Creating routines that include
- social events,
- outdoor activities,
- meal planning and prep for nutrition,
- and even light house cleaning.
If you or a loved one would like help, we provide relief you need to maintain health and independence at every stage.