Healthy Living

2017

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B y B E C K Y B A R C L A Y bbarclay @ ne wsarg us.co m Life does n't e nd after retire me nt. A nd to have a happy a nd healt hy after yo u are no lo nger wor ki ng, yo u need to keep active — p hysi- cally, me ntally a nd spirit ually. T here are several ways to do t his. It begi ns wit h havi ng a p urpose to j ust get o ut of bed eac h mor ni ng no w t hat yo u no lo nger have to be at wor k eac h day. " Everyo ne needs a p urpose, a reaso n to get up," said Pa ula Ed wards, director of Way ne Co u nty Services o n Agi ng a nd t he Peggy Seegars Se nior Ce nter. " W he n yo u retire, w het her it's a vol u nteer job, fa mily ti me or so me hobby t hat yo u li ke to do, we all need a p urpose. We're created to be social bei ngs. Stayi ng at ho me after retire me nt may so u nd good. Yo u ca n get up w he n yo u wa nt to a nd c hill at ho me. B ut after a w hile, t hat gets a little old. We all need a little do w n period at retire- me nt, b ut t he n w he n yo u start loo ki ng at fo ur walls, w hat do yo u do wit h yo urself." Places li ke t he se nior ce nter a nd Her ma n Par k Ce nter offer a vari- ety of activities to help yo u stay fit after retire me nt. T here are fit ness classes, da nce classes, pool a nd a n exercise roo m to help yo u stay p hysically fit a nd keep movi ng. Yo u ca n play cards a nd ot her ga mes to keep yo ur mi nd active. Or ta ke a je welry or croc heti ng class. Or spe nd so me ti me i n a co mp ut- er lab. A nd t he se nior ce nter offers Bible classes to help yo u stay spir- it ually fit. " We need to feed all of t hose needs to ma ke us feel well a nd adj usted," Ms. Ed wards said. Socializatio n is a big co ncer n after retire me nt. "If yo u are able to get abo ut a nd get o ut, t here are great opport u ni- ties i n Way ne Co u nty for yo u to have social i nteractio n wit h i ndi- vid uals," Ms. Ed wards said. " Social s upport is i mperative for yo ur well bei ng. It does i mpact o n yo ur healt h, me ntally, everyt hi ng." S he said t hat statistics s ho w t hat se niors w ho are isolated at ho me have 50 perce nt more mortality rate. "Isolatio n's j ust not goo d for a nyo ne," Ms. E d war ds sai d. S he sai d socializatio n also hel p i m prove o ne's me ntal healt h. " W he n we co n nect wit h peo ple a n d we la ug h wit h t he m or get s u p port w he n we're goi ng t hro ug h so met hi ng, it hel ps," Ms. E d war ds sai d. " We nee d t hat." S he sai d st u dies have also fo u n d t hat activity a n d socializi ng hel ps cog nitively a n d t hat t here's not as m uc h de me ntia i n peo ple w ho socialize d as t here was i n t hose w ho isolate d t he mselves a n d were not socially active. " Stayi ng ho me is fi ne for a s hort perio d of ti me, b ut if yo u're not caref ul, yo u e n d u p disco n necti ng fro m everybo dy," Ms. E d war ds sai d. " Yo u ca n decrease a nxiety a n d stress j ust by getti ng o ut of t he ho use. W he n yo u're by yo urself, yo u t hi n k more a n d worry more. W he n yo u're o ut a n d abo ut wit h peo ple a n d tal ki ng, yo u do n't have ti me to t hi n k abo ut all t hose t hi ngs a n d worry." I n a d ditio n to socializi ng, t here are also healt hy livi ng classes o n vario us s ubjects at t he se nior ce n- ter to hel p retirees kee p p hysical- ly a n d me ntally fit. T he se nior ce nter also offers n utritio nal meals, w hic h are not base d o n eco no mic nee d. " We try to dra w o ur partici pa nts here to eat a meal wit h ot her par- tici pa nts," Ms. E d war ds sai d. " W he n yo u tal k a n d e njoy a meal, yo u eat better. At ho me, so me- ti mes t hey do n't eat or t hey do n't eat t he rig ht t hi ngs." I n a d ditio n to classes, exercise, meals a n d ot her activities, retirees loo ki ng for a way to kee p active ca n also vol u nteer t heir ti me wit h several age ncies i n Way ne Co u nty. Ms. E d war ds sai d retire me nt is a ti me to discover w ho yo u are o utsi de of wor k. " We ki n d of i de ntify o urselves wit h w hat we do at wor k," s he sai d. " So w he n t hat e n ds, yo u're li ke, ' W hat do I do no w? W ho a m I?' B ut maybe wit h yo ur job, yo u never ha d t he c ha nce to ex plore w hat yo u ha d a n i nterest i n beca use yo u staye d so b usy. " After retire me nt, it's a great ti me to ex plore w hat yo u mig ht li ke to do. Yo u mig ht li ke to trav- el, croc het, develo p co m p uter s kills or ma ki ng yo urself p hysical- ly better by exercisi ng. It ca n be a c halle ngi ng ti me i n yo ur life w he n yo u're use d to getti ng u p a n d goi ng to t he job o n t hat sc he d ule d ro uti ne a n d all of a s u d de n are not." Ms. E d war ds sai d t hat retire- me nt does n't mea n yo ur q uality of life is over a n d t hat yo u ca n no lo nger e njoy life. Here are so me more ways to kee p yo ur mi n d a n d bo dy active after retire me nt: • At ho me, yo u ca n rea d a goo d boo k or do vario us ki n ds of p uz- zles to kee p yo ur mi n d active. • Ta ke u p a m usical i nstr u me nt. • Lear n a ne w s kill s uc h as ballroo m da nci ng or ta p da nci ng. Accor di ng to Brai n Fit ness Strategies, t he process of lear ni ng itself lea ds to ne w brai n cells develo pi ng. • Offer to care for yo ur gra n d- c hil dre n a fe w after noo ns a wee k. • Start a boo k cl ub wit h ot her retire d frie n ds. • Try so met hi ng ne w li ke per- for mi ng i n a co m m u nity t heater pro d uctio n, visit ne w places or eve n s ky dive. • Start a vegetable or flo wer gar de n i n yo ur yar d. • Get a part-ti me job. Thursday, June 29, 2017 Healthy Living — 7 Ne ws- Argus/ C A S E Y M O ZI N G O Seniors participate in an arthritis exercise class at the Peggy Seegars Senior Center. Keeping physically active will help you have a healthier life after retire ment. There can be meaningful, happy life after retire ment Ne ws- Argus/ C A S E Y M O ZI N G O Cora " Cookie" S winson and Jo Anne Chakona follo w along with the class as they perfor m a prayer pose during the arthritis exercise class at the Peggy Seegars Senior Center.

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