It’s not enough to just be alive. Good quality of life is essential, but especially important for older adults. Feeling satisfied and fulfilled is just as important as getting regular check-ups from the doctor. Having a positive view on life can help seniors have more energy, less stress, better appetite, and prevent certain capabilities.

We have five ways to improve the quality of life for seniors. Start these today!

1. Treat depression

Six million people over the age of 65 experience depression. Stressful events like retirement or losing a spouse can be the cause. A medical disease, diagnosis or medication side effects can also cause the depression. It’s important to recognize the signs of depression and get help from a doctor or psychologist.

2. Feel useful and needed

Everyone wants to be useful whether very young or very old. When you care for an older adult, do your best to make them feel like you still need their help and that they’re not a burden.

Ask for help with tasks they can handle, such as:
* Keeping you up to date on the news
* Organizing drawers
* Opening the mail
* Writing grocery or household to-do lists
* Clipping coupons
* Setting the table
* Folding laundry
* Prepping dinner – for example, washing the vegetables
* Going with you to help run other errands or grocery shop

3. Stay physically active

Helping both body and mind feeling balanced and positive through regular physical active is a great change to make. Exercise sharpens the mind and keeps blood flowing to the brain. Tension, anxiety, and even depression can be helped by exercise. Physical exercise boosts the immune system, improves sleep quality, lowers blood pressure, improves heart health, improves stamina and strength, and more!

4. Stay mentally active

Having a sharp and active mind improves overall well-being. Activities for mental stimulation can include reading, writing, sudoku or crossword puzzles.

5. Stay connected with family, friends, and community

Isolated and lonely seniors have shorter lives and are at greater risk for dementia. Encouraging and helping your older adult stay connected with people is a great way to help them feel welcomed and connected. Here are a few suggestions:
* Arrange for family and friends to visit, eat with, or take them out regularly
* Arrange transportation so they can get out of the house
* Encourage them to attend any parties – birthday, holiday, graduation, etc.
* Get them involved in a hobby
* Encourage them to volunteer with church or a charity organization

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