Keeping Active As We Age

As we age, our bodies change and so do our interests. Keeping yourself healthy and helping your body age into new years can be a conscious effort, but thankfully there are lots of ways to do so. Things like eating healthy, exercising regularly, and not smoking are a few very key factors in the overall health of our bodies. People often find themselves spending more time at home as they get older, but it’s incredibly important to stay active to avoid things like depression. Having a healthy lifestyle makes you less likely to develop certain diseases, helps cope with loss, keeps you happier, improves thinking abilities, and can extend lifespan.
If you’re not sure where to start on finding more activities to do to keep you busy and active, we have some ideas for you.
– Get out and about: It can be hard to find group activities when you’re older but there might be more options than you think. Things like playing cards and games with a group of friends, traveling with other people, trying new restaurants, joining a group of people with a similar interest in a hobby, reconnecting with old friends, or visiting local attractions like parks or museums are great ways to meet new friends and venture outside.
– Try something new: Is there something you have been wanting to try for a long time but never got around to? Now is the perfect time to give it a try! Maybe try to take a new class, join a book or film club, learn a new hobby like music, gardening or knitting, maybe something you enjoyed when you were younger. Anything to exercise that muscle in your brain that craves a new skill.
– Become more active in your community: This is great for not only your physical being but for your mental health as well. Volunteering brings a whole new source of happiness to your heart because you get to help others. This might include, volunteering at a local shelter to serve meals, helping at the animal shelter, joining a committee, helping with community gardening, or volunteering at a local church.
Finding the right balance to a healthy life can be a challenge, but there are so many options to keep yourself entertained and busy. After a strange year of having a lot of separation, it’s time to go back to doing the things you enjoyed before the world got turned upside down. You’re only helping yourself by finding something that makes you excited for another day, especially if that activity includes human connection, one of the most important and special parts of life.

Types of Wild Birds in Michigan

One of the most relaxing, educational, and fun activities to do when the weather gets nice is bird watching. It’s great because the whole family can enjoy it, especially in a state like Michigan, where there are lots of different species to look for, it’s fun all day! While there are lots of places in the area to go and watch for birds, most can be found right there in your backyard. North America has over 2,000 species of birds, with over 400 right here in Michigan and we’d like to introduce you to a few.
– Northern cardinal. These are one of the most recognizable and common backyard birds found in America, and in Michigan year-round. They have bright red feathers and “mohawks” on their heads, with warm tones beaks.
– Blue jay. Blue Jays are found in lots of states across North America and are very well known. They can be spotted by their blue feathers on their backs, and white bellies, with a black ring around their neck.
– American robin. One of the most common birds to be found right in your backyard is the Robin. They are usually found hopping around on the ground hunting for worms in the grass. They have bright red, round bellies, and yellow beaks which make them stand out.
– American crow. One of the most well-known and common birds we can see all year long is the crow. They are solid black, and quite large in size, as well as highly intelligent. They are seen all year long in all parts of Michigan.
– Downy woodpecker. If you have a bird feeder in your backyard, chances are you’ve had a Downy Woodpecker visit you. They are one of the most common types of woodpeckers, generally found right in your backyard. They have white bellies, black and white speckled wings, and stripes on their head, usually with a red spot.
– Ruby-throated hummingbird. Hummingbirds are always exciting to see because out of all the common birds, they’re less frequent visitors. Hummingbirds are more common in the eastern half of the US, but this species is readily found in Michigan. They have bright red throats, green heads, and whites bellies, with long beaks.
Bird watching is great because it can be done from almost anywhere, but there are also lots of bird watching locations all throughout Michigan where the variety of birds being sighted might be a little more diverse. If you don’t want to travel, it’s easy to attract birds to your yard by adding some bird feeders, a source of water, birdhouses or shelter, and some native plants. There are also trails throughout Michigan as well that allow for you to get in some movement while looking for different species of birds. Happy bird watching!

Participating in Activities You Enjoy

 

As we age, our bodies change and so do our interests. Keeping yourself healthy and helping your body age into new years can be a conscious effort, but thankfully there are lots of ways to do so. Things like eating healthy, exercising regularly, and not smoking are a few very key factors in the overall health of our bodies. People often find themselves spending more time at home as they get older, but it’s incredibly important to stay active to avoid things like depression. Having a healthy lifestyle makes you less likely to develop certain diseases, helps cope with loss, keeps you happier, improves thinking abilities, and can extend lifespan.

If you’re not sure where to start on finding more activities to do to keep you busy and active, we have some ideas for you.

  • Get out and about: It can be hard to find group activities when you’re older but there might be more options than you think. Things like playing cards and games with a group of friends, traveling with other people, trying new restaurants, joining a group of people with a similar interest in a hobby, reconnecting with old friends, or visiting local attractions like parks or museums are great ways to meet new friends and venture outside.
  • Try something new: Is there something you have been wanting to try for a long time but never got around to? Now is the perfect time to give it a try! Maybe try to take a new class, join a book or film club, learn a new hobby like music, gardening or knitting, maybe something you enjoyed when you were younger. Anything to exercise that muscle in your brain that craves a new skill.
  • Become more active in your community: This is great for not only your physical being, but for your mental health as well. Volunteering brings a whole new source of happiness to your heart because you get to help others. This might include volunteering at a local shelter to serve meals, helping at the animal shelter, joining a committee, helping with community gardening, or volunteering at a local church.

Finding the right balance to a healthy life can be a challenge, but there are so many options to keep yourself entertained and busy. After a strange year of having a lot of separation, it’s time to go back to doing the things you enjoyed before the world got turned upside down. You’re only helping yourself by finding something that makes you excited for another day, especially if that activity includes human connection, one of the most important and special parts of life.

Gardening Tips for Spring 2021

 

Spring is here and summer isn’t too far behind, which means it’s time to give some love to those gardens. Through the colder months, our gardens go through a lot, but giving them some extra love and planting new life will make them look good as new. Gardening is a great, low-intensity way to get outside, enjoy the sun, and move your body while adding some beautiful color to your outside space. We’ve got some tips for you this spring to give your garden the best care.

  1. Clean up flower beds. Having too much debris and dead leaves can make it hard for new things to grow. Clearing out that winter layer will create more space for a new life, as well as make your garden look more clean and healthy. Adding a nice layer of mulch makes your garden look fresh and if you do it before weeds have a chance to grow, you’ll have little to none when summer comes around.
  2. Prune trees and shrubs. Pruning your summer-blooming trees and shrubs is important for their growth and it also makes your tree look more healthy. Pruning your plants also encourages them to grow in certain directions which is good for the overall structural integrity of your tree. This leads to fewer broken branches, more blooms, and a healthier plant!
  3. Plant container-grown plants. Container-grown plants are great because they are known for having fewer problems with disease than plants grown in the soil, not to mention saving you some space. The best time to do this is during the growing season before the high temperatures in mid-summer, and make sure you water them before and after you plant them!
  4. There is nothing wrong with helping your garden grow by giving a little assistance. Adding fertilizer helps replace nutrients your plants might be missing from your soil, but be careful not to add too much, because plants only use what they need from the extra nutrients they get.

Looking at a fresh garden and seeing something that you’ve planted grow, it a great and rewarding feeling. Gardening lowers stress, gets you outside, and reduces your carbon footprint. Even if it’s something small, giving yourself something beautiful to be proud of will make the spring even better!

Gifts for Mom on Mother’s Day

Setting aside one whole day to celebrate our moms just doesn’t seem like enough does it? Mothers and mother figures are so important in making the world go round, and sometimes finding the right gift for them can be hard. In general, giving mom a little peace and quiet maybe just be enough, but in case you want to go an extra step, it would be sure to put a smile on her face. If you’re stuck on ideas this year, we are here to help.

  1. Flowers are one of the most popular gifts to give for Mother’s Day and there’s a good reason for that! Since it falls in the spring, there are lots of fresh, beautiful blooms to choose from that she will be sure to love. A bouquet of flowers is great but flowers to plant in her garden or in a pot on her porch are a great gift too.
  2. The gift of food is always appreciated. You could bake her something sweet, send over an arrangement of seasonal fruit, or make her favorite dinner. Food is one of the best ways to show you love, and thankfully it’s pretty easy.
  3. Ask if there’s something she needs to be done. Sometimes when we get busy, the best way to help is to take a task off our list, or maybe there is a project that needs help getting done. Check-in and ask if she needs any yard work taken care of, or if you could run to the store for her. Those things go a long way!
  4. Something sentimental. Mom’s are notorious for loving something that comes from the heart.

Maybe it’s a handmade card, a favorite perfume, or taking her to do something she loves. Memories are one of the most precious gifts you can give your mom.

No mother is like another, and the perfect Mother’s Day gift all depends on the person, luckily moms are usually happy with anything. Whether it’s your mom or someone else’s, sometimes it’s just stopping by for a chat, taking a walk with them, or calling them on the phone, make sure to share the love. Happy Mother’s Day!

Good Habits for Spring 2021

The winter blues are a very real thing, but thankfully spring is finally here to stay. The temperatures are warming up, the plants are blooming, and it’s finally time to enjoy some time in nature again. A lot of people experience sadness, anxiety, and depression in the winter months because there is less sun, less time outside, and generally a bit less activity, especially after the year we’ve all experienced. One thing you can always count on during a bad day is stepping outside for a moment and taking a deep breath of fresh air. 

There are lots of ways to enjoy the springtime, but in case you’re in a rut and need some ideas, we’ve got you!

Taking your exercise outside. Being able to work out at home can be really great but sometimes it isn’t as motivating as you need to be. By taking your movement outside, you are giving yourself more space, and also get to enjoy some fresh air. You could also try something new for you exercise like biking, running, or going for a walk in a new place. 

Opening the windows. The air inside gets pretty stuffy during the winter, so when the weather gets warm, pop those windows open. It’s nice to be able to feel the breeze through your home, enjoy some fresh air, and listen to all the sounds nature has to offer. 

Organizing your living space. Spring is a very motivating season and a great time to start new habits. Organizing your home will give you peace of mind, and will create a less stressful environment. Having clutter around is stressful, and spring is a great time for renewal. 

Gardening. Lots of different kinds of plants bloom in the spring, it’s one of the most beautiful parts about it. New flowers, the trees become green again, and the grass is a little more vibrant. Since the weather is warmer, it’s a good time to plant new things or start a garden if you don’t have one already. It’s a great stress reliever and watching things you have planted glow is incredibly rewarding. 

Getting out of the winter rut can be hard, and we understand that. If you’re having a hard time breaking into spring, call a friend and do it together. We’re all adjusting all the time, so be patient with yourself and don’t forget to give yourself some time to enjoy being outside, sometimes it really is just that simple. 

 

The Beauty of Spring for our residence (Being outside, gardening, crafts, and snacks)

Spring is here, and it’s one of the most beautiful times of the year. Everything is blooming after a cold winter, and with warmer weather, it’s great to enjoy some time outdoors. Winter is a hard season for a lot of people. Spring is such a nice breath of fresh air, and there’s lots of ways to enjoy it.

Spending time outdoors has been known to have incredible benefits for your body and mind. Not only is getting enough Vitamin D important, but being outside reduces stress, which helps lower blood pressure, improves your mood, and can even help improve focus, all of which become increasingly important as we get older. Spending time outside can also help people with seasonal affective disorder – which tends to be more present in the winter months – and also boosts your immune system. We could all use a little more of that right now!
Not only is the great outdoors good for your mind, it’s good for your physical health, as well. When we’re inside for long periods of time, it’s easy to get stuck doing lots of activities that involve sitting or laying down. Being outside gives you a lot more space and ways to move your body. Things like gardening or walking help get your heart rate moving a little more. On warmer days, when it’s too hot to do lots of movement, things like picnics, bird watching, or something creative like painting or photography are wonderful ways to enjoy the outdoors.

When winter winds down, it can be hard to snap out of the mode we get in when it’s cold. But once you get a nice whiff of that fresh spring air, it gets a little bit easier to want to spend more time with nature. Taking care of your body and mind as you get older is so important. Thankfully, Mother Nature has our backs and is always there to give us something beautiful to spend time with. We love springtime at Vibrant Life Senior Living!

The Importance of Socialization and When It’s Time to Seek Care

assisted living

What’s your favorite way to keep your mind healthy and sharp? Maybe you like reading, or crossword puzzles, or maybe you enjoy a boost with exercise. As we age, it becomes more and more important to keep our minds and bodies working the best we can. Obviously, sometimes our bodies suffer in ways we cannot avoid, and aging is inevitable, but there is a lot to be done to keep yourself in shape as you get older.

One incredibly important way to keep your mind healthy and engaged is to ensure you or your loved one is getting enough socialization. If there’s anything we’ve learned in the past year, it’s how important moments are with people we love, and how human connection is such a vital part of being alive. This doesn’t change as you get older! Friends might change and people may come and go but those interactions become more and more important.

Studies have shown that support from a social group plays a significant role in health overall as people get older. Whether this means spending time with friends and family or having a weekly group to be involved in, there’s lots of proof that this can boost the quality of life, physically and mentally. Friends provide a strong foundation of compassion and happiness for people as they age, and social support can help reduce stress and reduce the risk of some psychical health concerns.

Sometimes connection and social interaction are not enough, and if you’re noticing a decline in your loved one’s physical or mental health, it might be time to seek some extra care. Assisted living facilities offer a wide range of activities and care that sometimes a family member or friend cannot provide. Vibrant Life Senior Living offers things like art classes, musical events, walking club, bingo, and baking to keep your loved ones interacting, and also enjoying their time.

Knowing how to care for someone is not a one-size-fits-all, and different people require different care, but everyone can benefit from having someone around them to love and to listen. Getting older is part of life and the complexities that come with that can be difficult, but we work hard to make sure it can be the best it can be.

The Importance of Socialization for Senior Citizens and When to Know it’s Time for Assisted Living

Senior Woman Winning Game Of Bingo In Retirement Home

As people get older, it’s important that the mind stays active, and being social is a great way to do that. In the past year, it has become even more evident just how important the people and interactions we have in our lives are. Being alone or inactive can be extremely taxing on the mind and body, and it’s important to do whatever you can to keep yourself present and active. There are lots of ways to do this, for some it might be enjoying a book, calling a friend, taking a walk, or going to a party. As people get older these things become even more vital to your mental and physical health.

The inherent need for friendship, love, and connection is not something that diminishes as we get older. Consistent social interaction, whether it be a visit from a friend, or maybe a weekly group, can be extremely beneficial for emotional, physical, and mental health in elderly people. There are a number of reasons why social interactions help, some of which include: longer lifespan, reduced risk of depression and anxiety, better self-esteem, reduced stress, and better physical health.

As we get older, there tends to be an increase in obstacles leaving to more isolation in seniors with things like physical ailments, loss of loved ones, mobility problems, isolation, and cognitive decline. This can make it progressively more difficult to find ways to interact. If your loved one is growing more and more difficult to care for on your own, it might be time to consider assisted living.

Assisted living has many benefits. Aside from your loved one receiving round-the-clock care and peace of mind for you, it can reduce stress in many ways. Vibrant Life Senior living offers lots of activities to encourage a colorful and fun social life such as baking, crafts, bingo, walking, and art classes as well as safety and peace of mind that they are receiving all the necessary care they require.

Socialization, as we age, is important. Figuring out how to implement this into the life of your elderly loved one could be the most important thing you do for them. Maybe finding them a group that meets weekly to play games, read books, or take walks would be the perfect fix for loneliness. If the time comes that extra care is needed, we know finding and choosing assisted living is a big decision, but we want to make it an easy one. Everyone deserves to live a happy life, age shouldn’t make a difference!

Heart Disease Awareness

 

Positive senior couple having fun on kitchen

February is Heart Disease Awareness Month, and it’s a great time to take a moment to learn and educate yourself and your loved ones on the signs and preventatives of heart disease. Heart disease is a major threat to seniors, and in fact is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States, with approximately 655,00 deaths from heart disease each year. Some factors make a person more of a risk for heart disease such as diabetes, obesity, an unhealthy diet, excessive alcohol consumption, lack of physical movement, and smoking. It is definitely not something to be taken lightly and we want you and the ones you love to be around for a long time!

Pinpointing if you’re experiencing a symptom of heart disease can sometimes be tricky since they are similar to the side effects of lots of other things. Lots of time With signs of heart disease, the symptoms with come on quickly before a heart attack. Some of these might include: Sweating, irregular heartbeat, feeling faint, having a hard time catching your breath, weakness or lightheadedness, pain or pressure in the chest, feeling nauseous or vomiting, and unusual pain in the back, shoulders, or neck.

You might be thinking this sounds very scary, and it is, which is why taking good care of your heart and working to prevent heart disease is incredibly important. While it’s never a guarantee, here are some things you can do in your everyday life to help keep your heart healthy; quit smoking, keep an eye on blood pressure and cholesterol, visit the doctor regularly, get enough exercise, reduce alcohol intake, watch wait, eat a healthy diet, an

d minimize stress in your life.

Heart disease is a scary thing, but knowing the preventatives and symptoms can be a good start. If you’re ever feeling off and are not sure, seek medical help just to be safe. Vibrant Life Senior Living is here to care for your loved one, but it’s never too early to start right at home.