There’s recent good news for baby boomers and their parents and grand-parents that by leading active, healthy lifestyles, the danger of Alzheimer’s can be lessened or avoided entirely. Those who age well don’t do so accidentally. It’s the achievement of deliberate action, of “embracing longevity.” We’ve reviewed books about enhancing longevity, and provided many resources for physical health, including brain exercise in our Vitality section.
Some wellness programs helping older adults live healthy, active lifestyles we like are Nifty After Fifty and the SilverSneakers Fitness Program. These are great ways to get fit, have fun, and meet new like-minded friends at the same time! We know by now that older adults need exercise to maintain muscle mass. Join the Pickleball Association, something the generations can enjoy together. Even the less active can try Chair Dancing. Laugh a lot – it lowers blood pressure.
Include your seniors in summertime activities. Host backyard BBQs, or neighborhood block parties with games. Just being outdoors is part of a healthy lifestyle. Take them walking, fishing, to in the local farmers’ markets. Just don’t forget sunscreen.