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Intergenerational programs that foster stronger connections between seniors and younger generations offer a wide range of cognitive, emotional, and physical health benefits for older adults. Studies show that intergenerational connections lift mood, sharpen mind and memory, and reduce social isolation. Active participation in intergenerational programs also boosts health, improves self-esteem, and helps older adults find meaning and purpose.
Spring offers many opportunities to walk outdoors in a variety of natural settings, which can boost your physical and mental health. Studies shows walking in nature can help to keep your heart fit, calm your mind, lift your mood, lower anxiety, and ease chronic pain. Walking outdoors also supports brain health by sharpening your thinking and judgement, preserving memory, and reducing dementia risk.
The weather is warming up, and more than ever this year, it’s time to celebrate spring outdoors If you need more motivation than throwing off your winter parka, remember that being outside is good for your mental, physical and emotional health.
Taking care of plants and gardening can do wonders for your well-being. Scientific research has shown that simply being in contact with plants can improve your mental and physical health. On top of that, gardening is a great excuse to get some much-needed exercise and therefore can help you maintain a healthy weight and blood pressure.
There are numerous ways for seniors to combat boredom, including keeping mentally, physically and spiritually active, trying new things, and importantly, maintaining a social life with friends and family. But while it’s easy to identify the antidotes to boredom, how do you apply them?
Moving to and living in a retirement home offers older adults easy access to diverse recreational programs that provide powerful, wide-ranging therapeutic and health benefits. Moving to music boosts brain health and longevity, stretching programs improve balance and flexibility, and savouring positive moments builds emotional resilience. Volunteering strengthens social bonds and gives a sense of purpose, while pursuing artistic passions lifts your mood.
Make this an especially joyous time for you and your senior loved ones with these festive activities, designed to bring families and friends together!
Fall is the perfect season to spend as much time outside as possible before winter’s blast drives us back to a comfy chair.
Dancing your way through the pandemic is a healthy antidote to cabin fever that can improve your physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
Bird watching has always been popular, with seniors in particular enjoying a pastime that can be done from a window, garden, city sidewalk or forest trail
The vaccine roll-out against COVID-19 is one big reason. The sun, warmer temperatures and returning to a beloved hobby—gardening—are other reasons to celebrate.
jigsaw puzzles are the new sought-after item coveted by Canadians—including seniors—looking to find ways to cope during months of staying home.

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