September is Healthy Aging Month

As we age, a focus on our health becomes more important every day. September has been named the Month of Healthy Aging; a reminder to us that growing older is a beautiful process. The Senior Dental Center would like to encourage you to implement physical, mental, and social wellness practices into your daily routine. These three factors are all important contributors to aging successfully, even more now during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Physical Wellness

Being physically active on a regular basis provides long-term health benefits for people of all ages. By incorporating a minimum of 30 minutes of physical activity for adults and 60 minutes for children – you are:

  • Preventing chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and stroke
  • Controlling your weight
  • Promoting strong bone, muscle, and joint development
  • Improving sleep optimization
  • Increasing your energy level and also relieving stress

Mental Wellness

Creating a positive mental space for yourself is a key component to establishing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. You can improve your mental wellness by:

  • Being kind to yourself/avoiding self-criticism
  • Revisiting your favorite hobbies
  • Learning a new skill
  • Picking up a new book
  • Setting realistic goals
  • Meditating

Social Wellness

Practicing positive social habits will help you build healthy personal relationships and better support systems. Connecting with people virtually or by phone is so important during the pandemic.

  • Keep in touch with supportive friends and family
  • Join a club or organization that coincides with your hobbies, values, and/or interests. Many organizations like your local library are providing virtual ways to connect with others.
  • Participate in activities with your loved ones, but remember to maintain a physical distance (unless they live with you). Here are a few things you can do with the people that live with you:
    • Take a virtual exercise class
    • Have a game night
    • Cook dinner together
    • At home movie theater
    • Go for a hike

Do not worry if you live alone you can still socialize with friends and family by:

    • Catching up with them via video chat
    • Playing video-games online
    • Starting a virtual book club
    • Taking a virtual exercise class