Physical Wellness

To live life to the fullest, we need to pay extra attention to our physical wellbeing! At every age, our bodies (and brains) perform better when we eat healthy foods, breathe clean air, get enough sleep and physical exercise, and drink enough water. Learn more from the resources below.

Dance Your Way to Better Brain Health. CDC article discusses the positive effects of dance on brain, physical, and emotional health; where to find dance opportunities; and strategies for engaging people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in dance activities.
Dental Care for Seniors. Website covers possible oral health issues, what to expect at the dental visit, and financial assistance for dental care (WebMD).
NEW!!! Exercise Reduces Stress, Improves Cellular Health in Family Caregivers. 2018 research with family caregivers at the University of British Columbia suggests that 40 minutes of cardio exercise 3 times a week improves cardiorespiratory fitness, reduces BMI, trims waistlines, reduces stress, AND appears to slow the aging process.
Falls Prevention Conversation Guide for Caregivers. From the National Council on Aging and the National Alliance for Caregiving, conversation guide information on fall prevention, an assessment checklist, and advice on creating a fall prevention action plan.
5 of the Best Exercises You Can Ever Do (for Women): Harvard Health article highlights five of the best exercises women can do to stay in shape and lower disease risk: swimming, Tai chi, strength training, walking, and Kegel (which you probably hadn’t thought about).
50+: Live Better, Longer. Visit this WebMD “Healthy Aging Guide” to learn more about changes that occur with aging and strategies for aging well.
Harvard Health. The Harvard Health website focuses on health across the lifespan with special attention paid to issues relevant to older adults.
Health in Aging. Overseen by geriatricians (medical professionals who specialize in aging), this  resource presents expert, up-to-date information about how to stay healthy and active as we age, as well as what to do if health problems arise in later life (Foundation of the American Geriatrics Society).
Mouth Healthy: Adults over 60. American Dental Association website offers internal links to information on healthy habits, possible concerns, and nutrition.
National Institute on Aging (NIA). Part of the National Institute of Health, the NIA is the government leader in aging research. Website includes health topics, publications, and research information. Select Public, Research, or Professional track.
NIH Senior Health. Health and wellness website from the National Institutes of Health.
NEW!!! Sunlight and Your Health. WebMD (2022) article suggests that as little of 15 minutes of sunlight per day can positively affect Vitamin D levels, sleep, weight loss, emotional well-being, and much more.
Take a Deep Breath. Caregiving can be rewarding. It can also be stressful. Article from the American Institute of Stress shares the ways in which deep breathing can slow your breathing, metabolism, heart rate, and blood pressure while increasing nitric oxide related to good health and performance.