It’s important to look after your loved one’s health to help them enjoy their golden years. But after decades of maintaining their same routine, you might be wondering how to introduce healthy habits in a sustainable, comfortable way. The expert team at Sage Park Assisted Living and Memory Care community in Gahanna, Ohio has you covered!
Healthy habits start like any other habit, one change at a time. From taking a few minutes to stretch, to drinking water throughout the day to help regulate blood pressure, healthy habits are easier to incorporate into your loved one’s routine than you might think. Just thirty days of simple changes could give them brand new practices that could drastically improve their life.
Nutrition is always a great place to start when building healthy habits. At Sage Park, we serve residents foods from the Rush University Medical Center MIND diet, which was created to foster brain health. This program promotes the addition of whole grains, vegetables, nuts, berries, and lean proteins for optimal wellness. To add more fiber to your loved one’s diet, try a new type of whole grain or wild rice with their meals. Roasted vegetables or veggie-based soups are another great way to add healthy, delicious foods into their diet.
In addition to the foods we eat, staying hydrated is just as important. Remind your loved one to drink water in the morning, before and during meals, and before bed. Keep a fun water bottle or mug handy to help remind them to sip throughout the day.
And if you’re looking to try something new, consider testing some new teas. From a stronger Earl Grey to a softer Lavender to a more adventurous Hibiscus, adding tea to your loved one’s water routine can add some variety. Plus, a tea tasting can be a fun activity for you to do together. All you need is some hot water, a few teacups, and a variety of tea bags or tea leaves, and you have an afternoon activity that will help them stay hydrated!
Enjoying nature is a two in one healthy habit. Taking a daily walk is one of the best ways to support your loved one’s mobility while also enjoying the beautiful scenery around you. Enjoying the leaves as they change from vibrant greens in the spring to the radiant yellows, reds, and oranges during the fall is always a beautiful view. Even if you aren’t close to any gardens or parks, simply taking time to enjoy the blue sky can boost your loved one’s mood. Who doesn’t remember looking up into the clouds as a child and seeing different animals or shapes in the sky, trying to convince someone else what you were seeing? Allowing yourself to get lost in the clouds and enjoy a mid-morning stroll can lead to some healthy habits. Adding a routine walk through your loved one’s neighborhood or retirement community could also lead you to new friends or even a walking buddy!
Who knew that promoting healthy habits meant intentionally having more fun? Sit down with your loved one to complete some puzzles, listen to some music from their younger years, read to them, or listen to an audio book.
You can also encourage their creativity by setting up a crafting session. Create holiday decorations (because now is the season!) or simply grab a coloring book and crayons and have some freestyle creative fun.
At Sage Park, our assisted living and memory care programming incorporates all of these tips and more! Come see our community and learn how we can help support your loved one’s health and wellbeing throughout their retirement.
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