As we gear up for summer, South Coast Post Acute has some ideas for ways to make it a fun, healthy, productive time for you.
Get out in the sun, but be sure to be safe when you do it. Spending some time in the sun is something to look forward to in the summer months, especially if the winter forced you to stay indoors. Spending time outdoors can have positive effects on your health – exposure to the sun can boost your levels of Vitamin D and also help you ward off certain conditions, such as depression, osteoporosis, heart attacks, and strokes. If you’re going to be exposed to the sun, make sure to use sunscreen – it’s your first line of defense against developing skin cancer, which can have deadly effects.
Take a deep dive into water aerobics. Water aerobics offers numerous health benefits. This low-impact exercise is a great way to increase muscle strength, build endurance and burn calories. Public pools offer a wide range of classes that are tailored to the senior population and it’s a fun way to cool off in the summer.
Grow your green thumb. Gardening is a great, low-impact physical activity for people of any age. Over the past few years it’s become more accessible, thanks to community and urban gardens. Gardening is a great way for older people to get exercise, increase mobility and flexibility, improved endurance and strength, reduce stress, and improve overall well-being. As a bonus, you can grow your own nutritious produce!
Volunteer your time. Becoming a volunteer is an excellent way to give back to your community, offering tangible benefits to both you and others. Volunteering helps to keep the brain active, which is good for cognitive health and can help lower the risk of dementia. The National Institute on Aging said that people over the age of 60 who volunteer their time reported higher levels of well-being compared to those who aren’t volunteers. Researchers have found that volunteers experience shorter bouts of depression and feel a higher sense of purpose than other people. To learn more about the volunteer opportunities available near you, contact Senior Corps.
Our skilled nursing staff can help identify volunteer opportunities that would be a good fit for you or a loved one. To learn more, reach out to South Coast Post Acute today.
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