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5 Self-Care Ideas for Seniors

5 Self-Care Ideas for Seniors

The famous writer Oscar Wilde once said, “To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance.” This quote was posted on The Senior Wellness Store Instagram page for Mindful Monday because we believe that loving yourself is integral to our mission of “age well + live well.” Both living and aging well requires taking care of yourself, seeing to your health and wellness, and making sure you are enjoying life to the fullest extent possible. After all, life itself is a wonderful gift, no matter age or circumstance.

But how best can you enjoy that gift, though? How can you love yourself?

One place to start is self-care. For seniors, even more so.

This article will explore five self-care tips you can do to love yourself, age well, and live well.

 

1. Connect with family and friends


Life is better with others. If you are blessed to have close family and friends at your side, even more so. Quality connection with others is essential for self-care because it reminds us that we are loved and valued, and that we are not alone in this world. 

Even more, there are some tremendous health benefits to quality socialization. As this article by Aetna explains, socialization helps improve outcomes among patients even with the same conditions, to the extent of having a 50% greater chance of longer life expectancy. It can help strengthen your immune system and recovery and even sharpen your memory. 

Overall, connecting with others is integral to self-care. You will certainly feel happier and healthier. Even participating in activities and clubs, no matter what they are, can contribute to this. Love yourself, and connect with others. It’s well worth it! 

 

2. Learn something new


One of the most wonderful things about the world is that there is an infinite number of things to explore, and many versions of ourselves that we can become. Care Hop, a Canadian senior care provider, explains a few reasons why in a recent post. Among others, there are opportunities for socialization, as you can learn something alongside others in a club or group. Of course, learning new things also keeps your mind sharp and memory strong, and can even keep your emotions high. Each time you complete something or learn something, you get a little dopamine boost—which will have you wanting to learn even more!

Not sure where to start with your new learning journey? Here are a few ideas to get the ball rolling:

  • Listen to an audiobook
  • Learn a new language
  • Listen to a podcast 
  • Start a new hobby (there may even be a group to join!) 

There are endless opportunities and possibilities for you to find. No matter what you choose, learning something new is a great way to take care of yourself as you age. 

 

3. Exercise and outdoor time


There are a myriad of benefits to exercising, especially as you age, as mentioned by The American Academy of Family Physicians: 

  • Improving strength to keep you independent
  • Improving balance to prevent falls
  • Improving energy 
  • Preventing and delaying diseases such as heart disease and diabetes 
  • Improving cognitive function
  • And more!

Exercise is important for self-care because keeping your body and mind healthy are what enables you to live well as you age. Of course, always take proper precautions and discuss any new exercise regimen with your doctor. This is merely a means of bringing awareness to its benefits, and how exercise can be an effective means of self-care even for seniors.

Of course, you may not be able to exercise traditionally. And that’s ok. If you are not able, you can still enjoy time outdoors which has also been shown to be beneficial. Sunlight is a great source of vitamin D when taken in proper amounts, and fresh air can do wonders for the mind even if it’s just a change of scenery.

If you need extra assistance in getting outdoors, The Senior Wellness Store may be able to help. Our mobility scooters and powerchairs are great for outdoor use, so you can still get active. Check them out here. 

 

4. Sleep


Sleep is important for all, but especially so for seniors. The National Institutes of Health has numerous studies on this subject. Chief among them is this one, which notates the many benefits of proper sleep for seniors, including that healthy sleep is a critical factor predicting better mental well-being, increased ability to perform activities of daily living, reduced fall risk, better self-reported health status, and reduced risk of hospitalization, among many, many, other outcomes.

Sleep is super important for health and self-care. When you get adequate sleep, you not only are objectively healthier, but you feel better, too. 

Of course, just like exercise, it’s ok if sleep is something that you struggle with. There are many methods for treating insomnia. You can talk to your doctor, of course, and also even try some simple, at-home methods.

If it’s the mattress that’s bothering you, check out our high-end, therapeutic foam mattress from Prius Healthcare like the VLX and ALX. They may help, too. 

 

5. Hygiene 


Lastly, hygiene is crucial when it comes to self-care. How you feel about yourself is intimately tied to your environment, including your own body. Make sure to brush your teeth, comb your hair, and wear outfits that make you feel put together even on days when you feel you’re not. Keep your room and home as clean as possible, too, and don’t let chores pile up if you’re able. Fedelta Home Care makes a point that proper hygiene, even in simple things, can improve health outcomes over time and even prevent further health issues. 

But it’s more than just taking care of your home and body. Hygiene is also a mental and emotional endeavor, including allowing yourself to do things which bring you joy. Pamper yourself if you’re able: get your makeup or hair done, take a warm bath, buy that fluffy blanket or trinket or candle, read that book, or anything else that makes you feel happy and content and put together in the world. 

It’s great not only for your self-esteem, but for your emotional and mental hygiene. Self-care is holistic.

No matter what, always remember to take care of yourself. As we age, self-care becomes even more important. So continue to love yourself. Enjoy the continuation of that life-long romance!

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As Shopify's link embed function is not currently working, here are the sources sited:

https://www.aetna.com/health-guide/importance-of-friends-as-you-age.html

https://carehop.ca/blog/benefits-of-learning-new-skills-for-older-people/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5809270/#:~:text=Beyond%20the%20impact%20on%20cognitive,outcomes%20(Brassington%2C%20King%2C%20%26

https://fedeltahomecare.com/home-care-blog/the-importance-of-personal-hygiene-for-senior-citizens/