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The Benefits of Sunshine from Our Indiana Memory Care Community

Spring brings more than just warm weather for seniors to look forward to

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Spring is approaching fast and that means warm weather, longer days, and lots of sunshine. It’s no wonder that so many people prefer the warmer months. If you are interested in spending more time outside this season, don’t overlook the many health benefits that soaking up the sun can afford you. If you are someone who loves the warm weather, the team at Heritage Point memory care and transitional assisted living community in Mishawaka, IN, is sharing some of the health benefits that being in the sun could provide you this spring. Just be sure to be safe and wear sunscreen!

Reduce Stress Levels

It is rare that you will hear anyone say they are stressed out when relaxing in the sun. But it is not just the act of taking a moment for yourself that causes sun exposure to reduce stress levels. Exposure to sunlight helps your body naturally regulate your melatonin levels, which in turn plays a factor in stress reduction. By allowing yourself a few minutes outside on a sunny day, you not only get to enjoy a beautiful afternoon, but also help your body reduce stress signals internally.

Strengthen Your Immune System

Vitamin D is a key component in a strong immune system and is produced in the body by consistent sun exposure. The benefits of increased immunity can keep you healthy as the seasons change. Here at Heritage Point, we pride ourselves in the thorough measures we take to keep our residents happy and well. We encourage our residents to take advantage of any opportunity to keep themselves and those around them healthy. An afternoon in the sun is the perfect way to build immunity and take in the fresh air on our beautiful community grounds.

Sleep Better

Sun exposure balances not only melatonin, but also serotonin levels within the body, helping set your circadian rhythm. Waking up to sunlight signals to your body that it is time to stop making melatonin, a chemical that helps you sleep. According to the National Institutes of Health, as little as one hour of sunshine in the morning can help you sleep deeply through the night. In addition to helping you sleep more soundly, getting some morning sun is also a peaceful way to start the day.

Strengthen Your Bones

The increased Vitamin D gained from enjoying the sunshine also helps your body absorb calcium from the food in your diet. This increase in calcium and other minerals can help keep your bones, teeth and muscles strong! Take a few minutes outside to help promote healthy and strong bones as well as a healthier body overall.

Brighten Your Day

Not only does ample sunshine help keep your body healthy, but it can also help improve your mood. Assisting with hormone production, reducing stress, and helping you sleep better, being in the sun can help improve your overall happiness and boost your mood each day. Spending time in a sunny location can brighten your day– literally! As it warms up, make sure to step outside or spend time near a bright window to reap all of the benefits that sunlight can provide.

While it is beneficial to spend time in the sun, there are also necessary precautionary measures to take to ensure you gain only the best outcomes from catching a few rays. Consider these tips to ensure a great outdoor experience:

  • Apply sunscreen to avoid sunburn.
  • Wear a hat or visor to protect the sensitive skin of your face.
  • Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from harmful UV rays.
  • Avoid going outside at times when the sun’s rays are particularly harsh.
  • Stay hydrated if outside on a warm day.

At Heritage Point, we make sure to provide residents with ample opportunities to enjoy the benefits of sunshine, both at our community and on our organized adventures!

To learn more about our residency or schedule a Heritage Point tour, contact our friendly team today.

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