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Active Living

It’s February and love is in the air! Valentine’s Day can be a wonderful reminder that love of all kinds does indeed make the world go round.
What will your holiday look like this year? For many seniors across Canada, the answer may well be “different.”
Colder weather is on its way, and with many of us mindful of social distancing rules, we’ll be spending more time indoors looking for activities to engage our minds, feed our spirits and warm our hearts.
 Here are eight activities to get you into an autumn frame of mind (and body)

Although it's back-to-school time for school-aged children, in pre-pandemic times, some seniors may have also been signing up for lifelong learning programs through community centres, universities and colleges.

Staying physically active helps seniors keep physically, mentally and emotionally fit, and maintain their independence longer.
Getting outdoors can be a wonderful tonic for your physical and mental health, if you take appropriate precautions to prevent health problems.
Now, more than ever, we need summer—long, warm days, gardens in full bloom, and plenty of time to enjoy some fun activities with our social circles that will bring a sense of normalcy.
What is “active living,” and why is it so important to seniors? Many of us think of active living as the simple act of incorporating physical activity into our daily routines—a critical component of healthy aging—but it’s actually much more encompassing than that.
Dancing has wide appeal for many older adults because of their positive memories and experiences at a younger age. Dancing bolsters physical and mental health by helping to prevent falls, improve posture and flexibility, lift mood and ease anxiety.
Reading books regularly for pleasure extends life by about two years on average for older adults. Reading improves mental and emotional health by boosting brain connections, relieving stress and easing chronic pain. It’s also an activity that can lift mood, preserve memory and thinking skills, and enhance quality of life and care for people living with dementia.
A 2016 study by Pew Research Center found that 34 per cent of American seniors use social networking sites like Facebook, up from 27 per cent in 2013. Older adults are the fastest growing demographic of all Facebook users.

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