Simple Self-Care Tips for Our Senior Living Community in Orange County

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Participating in activities that are just for your benefit is not selfish. In fact, engaging in regular self-care allows your loved one to remain healthy and independent for as long as possible. As we age, those who take care of themselves well are less likely to experience physical, mental, and emotional health issues. Here at Park View Estates Assisted Living and Memory Care, we know how important it is to prioritize your health. Our community features its own Sensory Spa, which includes therapies that encourage our residents with memory care needs to express their emotions and improve their focus. When they’re not with us, though, your loved one may need a little assistance making self-care a regular practice. Take a look at these simple self-care tips and see which ones they might enjoy!

Stay Close to Loved Ones

Loneliness is, unfortunately, a common emotion that seems to increase with age. Feeling disconnected or isolated from friends and family can be detrimental to mental health and quality of life. We encourage you to help your loved one frequently interact with friends and family. A few options you could try are weekly video chat calls, taking a walk with a friend, regular movie nights at home, or, if possible, getting out in the larger community for other social experiences. Knowing they are cared about can do wonders for your loved one’s self-esteem.

Get Into Nature

Taking a walk is a great way to get out of a bad mood, so it makes sense that getting out into nature significantly benefits your mental health as a self-care practice. Physically being outdoors and getting fresh air can reduce stress. Being outside can also benefit your loved one’s mental clarity and focus. Our community features beautifully landscaped walkways that your loved one can experience safely. However, it can also be a worthwhile idea to visit a local park or garden regularly, to provide opportunities to see the beauty around them.

Prioritize Exercise

Exercise and staying active may not be the easiest self-care activity to try, but making fitness a priority will greatly benefit your loved one’s physical, mental and emotional well-being. Scientifically, completing a workout, even if it is short, encourages your brain to release feel-good hormones called endorphins. This leads to an overall increased sense of joy, fulfillment, and satisfaction. Of course, we always want to make sure exercises are safe, manageable, and don’t cause unnecessary pain, so it’s important to help your loved one find an exercise routine that works for their unique situation!

Try New Hobbies

Our last simple self-care tip for your loved one is to be willing to try something new! It’s never too late to pick up a new hobby, develop a new talent, or research a new topic that interests you. This could be something your loved one has always wanted to do, or a new interest that sparks later in life. Having hobbies enhances quality of life and gives a sense of purpose and enjoyment.

Self-care is an incredibly powerful way to improve your life. Here at Park View Estates, we love to offer our residents use of our Sensory Spa, which promotes self-care by assisting them in recalling past experiences. We hope these simple tips provide a starting point for helping your loved one improve their quality of life through ongoing self-care activities.

If you’re interested in learning more, we’d be happy to give you more information or set up a tour for our Park View Estates Assisted Living and Memory care community.

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