Jan 13, 2017
By: Chris Pate
It’s never too late to start living well, and there’s no better time to begin healthy habits than the new year. At Oak Pointe of Carthage, we strive to provide our residents all the support we can to help them live meaningful, productive lives. That said, here are six New Year’s resolutions we’re encouraging all our residents to keep in 2017. And these don’t just apply to members of our community, all seniors can benefit from these healthy commitments.
Research has shown that routine physical movement and exercise offers health benefits for all ages and particularly seniors. Even small amounts of regular activity can improve the health of seniors who are frail or who experiencing other complications of aging.
They say that you are what you eat, and to a degree that’s true. Healthy and nutritious food, particularly fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean meats, go a long way to helping the body stay strong and fight infection. At Oak Pointe of Carthage, our culinary team carefully considers the nutritional needs of our residents in creating meals and snacks that are both healthy, tasty and familiar.
Oftentimes seniors living on their own lose connections to family and friends due to isolation, cognitive loss and other conditions of aging that make it more difficult to interact with others. At Oak Pointe of Carthage, we make it a point to keep residents connected with their fellow elders, friends, family, and care partners as studies have shown how connectedness boosts emotional well-being. We do this by encouraging families to visit often, hosting Bible studies and inviting local artists and musicians to join us for special events.
Exercising your brain is just as important as exercising your body. Research shows that education and mental activities may even provide protection against dementia. Our care providers and residents at Oak Pointe of Carthage continuously challenge each other with games and activities designed to keep the mind sharp.
Falls are a major health concern for seniors with the Center for Disease Control reporting that each year 2.8 million older adults are treated in emergency rooms for fall injuries. And while it’s not always easy to prevent accidents such as falls, residents at Oak Pointe and their families have the assurance that nursing staff is available 24-hours a day to respond to emergencies and other health concerns.
Last, and perhaps most important, is this: relax and enjoy life. Our residents have lived rich and fulfilling lives, and that doesn’t change when they move to Oak Pointe of Carthage. What does change, however, is the ability to pursue their passions without worrying about everyday chores such as cooking, cleaning and laundry. Those tasks were for previous years, 2017 is for enjoying the moment and living life to its fullest.
For more information about what Oak Pointe of Carthage can offer you and your loved one, call me, Chris Pate, at 417-358-3355.
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