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How to Boost Senior Longevity

By Paul Lacovara, 9:00 am on

Respite caregivers in New Haven are dedicated to promoting a happy, healthy atmosphere for their senior loved ones in order to boost their longevity and life quality. But how do they do it? You can boost your loved one’s chances of living a longer life by encouraging him or her to follow the advice below.

Stay Socially Active

It’s important for seniors to keep up with social connections and maintain close relationships with family and friends. They should also join activity groups where they can meet new people to interact with. These social connections keep depression at bay and instill a sense of purpose and wellbeing in seniors.

Volunteer in the Community

Despite their age, seniors should get involved in their communities Volunteering will make seniors healthier, happier and bolster their self-esteem. The U.S. Corporation for National and Community Service conducted various studies that indicate there is a strong link between longevity and volunteering. 

Maintain an Exercise Regimen

Seniors who stay within a healthy weight will have a better chance of boosting their longevity. Carrying extra weight can negatively impact a senior’s health because it increases their risk of heart attack, cancer, diabetes and many other diseases known to shorten life expectancy. 

Get Enough Sleep

Protect your loved one’s mental wellbeing by encouraging him or her to get the right amount of sleep. In 2002, the Scripps Clinic Sleep Center in San Diego, CA, conducted a study on the sleep habits of one million Americans. Researchers found people who sleep between six and a half and seven and a half hours each night lived the longest. They also discovered that people who slept less than six hours and more than eight hours didn’t live as long. 

Exercise Your Brain

A good way to boost longevity is to maintain a healthy mind. Dementia caregivers in New Haven can stimulate senior cognition by putting together crossword puzzles, learning new languages, or even reading. Doing any of these activities will keep a senior’s mind engaged and delay the onset of dementia.

Laugh a Lot

What good is a long life without any laughter? A study conducted at the University of Maryland found that just 15 minutes of laughter each day helps improve blood flow to your heart by 50 percent. Increased blood flow leads to a reduced risk of heart disease and stroke, which significantly boosts both life quality and quantity.

In addition to your efforts, you can continue to boost your loved one’s longevity by calling Home Care Assistance of New Haven, CT, at 203-444-8575. Our expertly trained caregivers work hard to promote emotional, mental, and physical wellbeing in the comfort of your loved one’s home while helping with daily tasks around the house. Set up a no-obligation consultation today when you speak with an experienced Care Manager over the phone.

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