Get in touch with your local youthor seniors centre, a recreationalcomplex such as the YMCA, orFamily and Community SupportServices. Many organizationsprovide low-cost and free activitiesto support your health. Join a teamor try a new activity to meet yourneighbours and have fun.
Stop and smell the roses
Learning to appreciate meaningful activities and people in ourlives makes us happier. Too often, we rush through life withouttaking the time to enjoy the moment. And, if we slow down, weare less likely to miss something. Tell the important people inyour life you love them and savour the good times.
Listen to music
Music lets us express our feelings. It can lift spirits, calm nervesand boost energy. Music therapy has been shown to reducestress and stimulate the mind. Plus, music makes us move,whether it’s tapping our toes, clapping along or getting ourgroove on.
Listen to your body
Pain is a warning sign, especially whenbeing physically active. Chest pain is anurgent warning; seek immediate helpat an urgent-care centre or emergencydepartment. Respect joint pain or sharppain of any kind. Stop your activity fora few days. If it comes back, or if youexperience chronic pain, speak with yourdoctor or healthcare provider to developa plan to manage the pain before youresume activity.
Our bodies lose water through normal daily activity. It’simportant to replenish fluids to avoid dehydration. This is allthe more significant for older adults because our bodies holdless water as we age, making it more difficult to adapt to thingssuch as changing temperatures. Certain medical conditions andmedications can also affect your ability to retain fluids.
The sense of thirst also diminishes with age––so by the time youfeel thirsty, you could already be dehydrated. Drink a couple ofcups when you wake up and continue to drink throughout the day,before you feel thirsty. A minimum of six cups ( 1,500 millilitres)of water or caffeinated beverages daily is recommended. Watercan also be found in many fruits and vegetables such as melons,berries, oranges, lettuces and cucumbers. Including these foods inyour diet helps you stay hydrated.
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