Emotional and Mental Vitality

Let’s face it: Most of us won’t be signing up to run a marathon or participate in a triathlon any time soon. The older we get, the less likely our bodies are to handle some of the physical activity we could do as a youngster or young adult. But don’t let that get you down. Replace the “lost” activity with something else that combines social and physical exertion. According to WebMD.com, that’s the best way to help you keep a positive attitude and sense of well-being given that emotional and mental vitality are closely tied to physical vitality.

Social contact plays a big factor in a person’s happiness. Capital Senior Living communities across the country offer residents a vibrant lifestyle that encourages health and independence through innovative recreational, educational, health and wellness programs. Each of our communities features a full calendar of activities and social programs to get residents out of their shells and interacting with their neighbors.

Here are some tips, offered by WebMD.com, to help you protect or improve your physical, social and mental activities.

  1. Physical activity: It is important to have some kind of physical activity in your regular routine to protect or improve your emotional and cognitive health. Many Capital Senior Living communities offer recreation programming as well as wellness, walking, balance and exercise classes that fulfill this important key to happiness. If your favorite activity was dancing but you can no longer do it, WebMD.com suggests trying water aerobics. Local senior centers may offer these classes free or at a reduced rate, and the courtesy transportation offered at many Capital Senior Living communities can easily get you to a center and back.
  2. Social activity:  Stay in touch with family and friends. Invite your loved ones to participate in some of your community’s activities or have them join you for a meal prepared by one of our talented Capital Senior Living chefs. For those friends and family members who are farther away, set up regular times to chat via email and use the computer rooms that are available in many of our Capital Senior Living communities. A number of our communities also have residents volunteering and sharing their wisdoms with local nonprofit organizations. Older adults who regularly volunteer generally have a greater sense of well-being than those who don’t, according to WebMD.com.
  3. Mental activity: Challenging your intellect on a daily basis will help you stay sharp. Take advantage of the activity centers many of our Capital Senior Living communities offer and challenge a neighbor to a friendly card or board game. Or, grab a book from your community’s well-stocked library and discuss its contents with a small group of your fellow residents. Just like an active body, an active brain continues to thrive.   

The goal of all of our Capital Senior Living communities is to physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally stimulate our residents so that they get the most out of their lives. Residents who have ideas for activities or games they would like to see offered in their communities should always feel free and are encouraged to contact their social directors.

Source – WebMD.com