Advances in medical technology and increased knowledge of how nutrition and exercise can improve overall health are allowing seniors to enjoy longer, healthier, and happier lives. Recently, other factors like living a purposeful life have also been found to contribute significantly to the overall life quality of our aging population.
The Health Benefits of Purposeful Senior Living
According to Patricia Boyle, a neuropsychologist at the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center in Chicago, purpose is a “very robust predictor of health and wellness in old age,” and can contribute to better moods, sleep, physical functioning, and overall levels of satisfaction and happiness. Having a strong purpose in life has also been found to slow down or prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease as well as circumvent other types of cognitive decline.
Other research has shown that having something to strive for in the golden years increases the biological mechanisms that are responsible for healthy immune system functioning. When seniors experience better health, they are more motivated to retain their health, active lifestyles, and independence, which can in turn lead to a higher life quality.
When Purpose is Absent
Many seniors begin to experience declining health shortly after retiring. They are less likely to remain psychically and socially active and may run the risk of becoming isolated from friends, family members, and their communities in general. So what how can you help steer your loved one toward a purposeful lifestyle? Volunteer activities, crafting, caring for a small garden, or even adopting a pet from a rescue shelter are simple ways for seniors to enjoy a new outlook and sense of purpose.
Supporting Seniors Through Companionship
Many seniors simply need an extra push to add new, meaningful activities to their routine so encourage your loved one to stay social with neighbors, friends, and family. Stop by whenever possible and ask your siblings and other relatives to do so as well. You can even consider help from a professional caregiver who can provide companionship to your loved one, while also offering support with new adventures and activities.
Finding purpose in late-life doesn’t have to be hard! Learn how the in-home caregivers from Home Care Assistance of Vancouver promote purpose using our revolutionary approach to care, The Balanced Care Method, by calling a Case Manager at (778) 279-3634 and schedule a complimentary, no-obligation.