What does your brain have to gain from a healthy heart? There are many reasons to focus on having a healthy heart at any age. For senior adults maintaining a healthy heart and brain can help you preserve your independence and quality of life.
Making positive lifestyle choices is the best way to affect positively both your heart health and brain health. Forming new habits in areas like physical health and exercise, diet and nutrition, cognitive activity, and social engagement — can help keep your body and brain healthy and potentially reduce your risk of cognitive decline.
Growing evidence indicates that people can reduce their risk of cognitive decline by adopting key lifestyle habits. When possible, combine these habits to achieve maximum benefit for the brain and body. Start now. It’s never too late or too early to incorporate healthy habits.
·Physical exercise: even moderate walking, if done regularly, increases oxygen content in the brain and helps to create new brain cells as well as grow new neurons and the release of natural endorphins that improve mood, reducing the need for artificial anti-depressants (Banner Alzheimer’s Institute)
·Nutrition: plays a very important role in developing a healthier heart and brain. It is believed that most people will benefit with a diet that is low in sodium and has a good balance of fruit, vegetables, protein, carbohydrates, and fiber (Alzheimer’s Association)
·Stress-free living environments: Senior adults who live in an environment that is stress-free, offers daily nutritious meals, an active lifestyle and socialization have seen an increase in their physical and mental health (Mather Lifeways Institute on Aging)
·Brain exercise: just like physical exercise, brain exercises can help slow down progressive diseases like memory loss and dementia. Studies have also shown that learning something new (maybe something that has been on your bucket list for a long time) challenges your brain in new ways
In four short weeks, we will experience a brand new year. The end of the year is often a time when we reflect on what we want our future to look like. I hope that you will take time during this wonderful holiday season to relax and decide on ways you can help your heart and your brain!
Every day, as I walk the halls of Fellowship Square-Mesa I am reminded of what amazing people live in our community. Residents who have overcome a setback of some kind but demonstrate to everyone their capacity to recover and bounce back. According to the dictionary, the definition of resilience is just that, “the capacity to recover from difficulties and bounce back.”
Here are a few common characteristics people that demonstrate resilience possess.
·Education. Learning everything you can about your situation. You need to become your best advocate. Attend a health & wellness class, a lifelong learning class, a support group or meet with your physician; ask questions and be curious about your situation.
Accept. You may not be able to do everything you did before in the way that you did it, but resilient people discover a way to overcome their limitations and explore a new reality.
Build on strengths, not weaknesses.Seek to understand fully what is really going on, including how you may have played a role in causing the adversity. Changing your diet or increasing exercise may be simple things that might have a big impact.
Spiritual. Also identified as core values, these are the beliefs that you count on. The power of prayer, the support of your family, or friends. Believe that you can make a difference in the future despite the constraints imposed by reality.
The good news is that we can become more resilient as we age. Here are five ways to increase your resilience as you age:
1.Find a new sense of purpose; look for ways that you can make a difference in your community.
2.Identify positive beliefs in your abilities; write them down and read them every day.
3.Develop a strong social network. Reconnect with that old friend or make a new friend.
4.Embrace change. Change is real; it just happened to you, what are you going to do about it?
5.Be optimistic. Everyone has their own aches and pains; become the positive person with interesting things to talk about.
Originally published in 1952, The Power of Positive Thinking is a self-help book by Norman Vincent Peale. The book was revolutionary then because it proposed a way of thinking that would lead the reader to achieve a permanent optimistic attitude. Dr. Peale recommended affirmations (repeating positive thinking) as well as visualizations (using your mind to picture something good happening) as well as reading positive passages in the Bible. Since 1952 this book has been translated into over 40 different languages and has sold over 20,000,000 copies.
Dr. Peale wanted his readers to energize their lives and demonstrate “the power of faith” in their lives; he urged everyone to “believe in yourself and everything you do.” As I was pondering the influence that Dr. Peale has had on a generation of Americans it occurred to me that positive thinking can help us all now, just as it did in the 1950’s.
In the past several weeks it seems as if our part of the world has had one tragic event after another; many wonder where this world is headed. I have had more than one resident tell me that they were anxious (worried) about these natural and tragic occurrences. We know that anxiety (and stress) can have a major impact on our health and wellbeing.
If you find yourself feeling anxious, or as the grandchildren say “stressed out,” instead of fretting over our circumstances, take a moment and deliberately focus on what is true and what is right. I personally like to review the list of my prayer requests. So many of my prayers were so overwhelming at the time but God answered so many of those prayers. When I review the list I see his hand moving to weave even the worst tragedies together for good. He can overcome every act of hate, every selfish motive, and replace it with kindness, generosity and fellowship. Today when you wake, first count your blessings one by one, do so will add hours to your day.
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