Whether you are downsizing because of a move or simply to unclutter your life, there are definitely some tangible benefits that can come from the process. Sometimes we end up spending more time taking care of “our things” than ourselves or our friends and family. When you remove some of those obstacles, you have time to focus on what is really important. Here are three positives that can come from downsizing:
Moving, as anyone can attest to, is not fun. Whether you are downsizing into a smaller home or condo or moving into a retirement community, it can be hard work both emotionally and physically. However, there are things that you can do prior to your move that will make it a lot easier.
Downsizing can be emotionally overwhelming. It can be especially hard for seniors moving to a retirement or assisted living community who may be leaving a home where they raised their family and accumulated a lifetime of memories. However, there are upsides to downsizing and it can be both liberating and rewarding if you follow these tips:
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As with just about everything, hair changes with age. Over time, the fibers in your hair thin and fall out, especially if it’s been dyed or color treated over the years. Pigment cells stop producing and hormones that once stimulated hair fibers weaken. Fortunately, there are methods that can help maintain you or an elderly loved one’s hair to keep it looking and feeling healthy.
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As people get older, most of the common health issues they experience are fairly noticeable. If, for example, someone is in pain or discomfort, this will be evident, and hopefully a test or examination will reveal the problem. But one ailment that affects many older people is something that isn’t always obvious and won’t show up on any test: depression.
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The American Heart Association estimates that approximately 34% of the US population suffers from a condition they’re probably unaware of: metabolic syndrome. In general, the risk of the condition increases with age, from being overweight, and for those already battling pre-diabetes, cardiovascular disease, fatty liver disease, and polycystic ovary syndrome.
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We live in a world of stuff. Everywhere we go, we’re surrounded by it. Living minimally is certainly not the strong suit of most Americans. And this is perhaps most evident in older generations.
Many seniors obtain general wellness from yoga – here’s why
Some people simply don’t feel right until they’ve practiced yoga for the day, which might explain its 5,000 year relevance. Today, modern medicine has uncovered surprising benefits of this ancient discipline, including stress relief and decelerated aging. In fact, yoga is an excellent way of improving overall wellness in seniors, even for those with physical limitations.
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