By the time summer finally rolls around, you’re antsy to get outdoors and replenish your vitamin D after the long Minnesota winter. Daily doses of sunshine are crucial to mental and physical wellbeing. Exposure to sunlight boosts serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates mood, sleep, memory, and appetite. Sunshine also strengthens your immune system and can lower blood pressure. However, overexposure can be harmful. But as long as you keep a few simple precautions in mind, you can enjoy the summer sunshine carefree.
Alzheimer’s disease is on the rise. One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. June is Alzheimer’s and Brain Health Awareness month, dedicated to increasing public knowledge of this often-misunderstood disease and raising funding for Alzheimer’s research. The more we understand about the early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s, the more support we can provide to the 47 million Americans who live with the disease.
We’re all getting older every day, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still wake up every morning feeling our best and go to sleep every night happy with the choices we made. Feeling your best isn’t just about being physically healthy. True wellbeing is a combination of our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health. When you’re living your best life, you’re caring for each of these aspects of your being in equal measure.
After a long winter of being cooped up indoors, the start of spring is like a breath of fresh air. Spending time outside is good for the body and soul alike. That first afternoon spent in the warm spring sunshine can lift your spirits like almost nothing else can. We’ll take any and every excuse to get outside and enjoy the beautiful spring weather, but here are a few of our favorite springtime activities for seniors.
Nutrition has far-reaching effects on our wellbeing, influencing everything from physical health to mood to energy levels and even cognitive function. As we age, nutrition has an even greater impact on our quality of life. Unfortunately, due to the myriad physiologic and lifestyle changes that accompany aging, many seniors don’t maintain a sufficiently healthy diet or consume the quality of nutrition they need to feel their best.