As we age it is so important to keep our brain and body healthy yet staying healthy and active after 50 can be really challenging.
Social activities keep us sharp and mentally engaged, which is extremely important in prevention of the onset of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
Studies show that seniors who stay socially active and spend quality time each day practicing mindfulness, experience numerous benefits including better cognitive function, improving memory and creativity.
In addition, social activities help to reduce anxiety and depression, an important consideration with around one in 10 older adults experiencing depression and a similar number experiencing anxiety.
“Mental health conditions are even more common among older people in the community who are frail and need support to remain at home, and among those in residential care,” says beyondblue CEO Georgie Harman.
“Research shows nearly 35 per cent of people living in residential care facilities have depression,” Ms Harman said.
With all of this in mind, St. Basil’s NSW/ ACT Aged Care, an activity of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, runs a lifestyle activity program across all its facilities in New South Wales.
The St. Basil’s NSW/ ACT Lifestyle Activity program is designed to improve the emotional wellbeing and mental health of older people and consists of sensory/creative activities, games and physical exercises.
St. Basil’s NSW/ ACT Lifestyle Activity Program offers group-based activities, as well as individual programs.
The residents have the option of participating in a wide range of activities, including art and craft, “wrap with love” knitting sessions, cooking classes, making handmade candles and jewellery, walking, gardening, sing-alongs, dancing and many more.
St. Basil’s NSW/ ACT experienced customer service officers actively monitor these activities and assist residents to explore their strengths and creativity.
“Our experienced staff is always looking for new, amusing, and creative activities to add in St. Basil’s lifestyle activity program,” says Ms Darwich.
Visit the St Basil’s website to find out more.
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