Never in human history have so many lived so long (thank you science, technology, education and prosperity). But living longer does not guarantee living better.
While the genetic cards you are dealt have some influence on the aging process, scientific studies show that 70 percent of aging well is 100 percent within our control. The secret: making better lifestyle choices. Let’s take a look at four lifestyle choices we all can start making to live better as we age.
Get a Move On
When it comes to living better, one of the most significant lifestyle choices you can make is exercise. In fact, it is one of the most powerful ways of transforming your biology. Exercise triggers the body’s natural repair process dramatically– so the older you are, the more important it is to keep moving. Regular exercise can greatly reduce illness, improve brain function and, in many cases, serve as an antidepressant that is often more powerful than prescription medication. Your doctor can recommend the best exercises, but a daily 30-minute walk has shown to greatly improve physical and mental health.
Yoga classes are one of many Atria Engage Life® events offer residents opportunities to learn, grow and make a difference.
Consistent access to nourishing, appetizing food is important to better living. Maintaining a well-balanced diet every day can be challenging, so start with these basic guidelines: focus on vegetables, berries, nuts, beans, whole grains, fish and poultry. And always be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day to keep your kidneys in tip-top shape.
Atria residents enjoy unique, flavorful menus with a variety of healthy options to choose from every day.
When studies show that loneliness can lower life expectancy by 45 percent, the importance of maintaining regular human connections becomes vitally clear. Spending quality time with friends and family is invaluable on so many levels, as people who are part of a caring community live longer and have less stress than those who are isolated and lonely.
Atria communities are based on a social model focused on providing an environment that fosters meaningful connections.
Live with Purpose
What do you look forward to? Setting short- and long-term goals to challenge yourself promotes a sense of purpose. Whether it’s helping your children, supporting neighborhood events or interacting with others who share your passions, making connections and knowing you’re making a difference can significantly improve your well-being.
Always up for a new challenge, here’s one way Atria residents are setting goals and staying active.
Atria Makes It Easier
While we can make these lifestyle changes on our own, it is easier with a support system and the daily encouragement of others.
“Living in an active, engaging environment that supports healthy choices makes a huge difference,” said Christy Phillips, Gerontologist and Vice President of Resident Engagement for Atria Senior Living. “Atria’s thoughtful programs offer regular opportunities to keep moving, nurture relationships and continue to pursue new challenges and personal growth.”
With locations in Ardsley, Briarcliff Manor, Ossining and Rye Brook, Atria Senior Living has been the area’s trusted choice in senior living for more than 20 years and was voted Best of Westchester in 2017, 2018 and 2019.
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