September is Healthy Aging Month
Kūpuna comprise the fastest growing segment of Hawai‘i’s population. By 2020, nearly one in every four persons will be 60 or older. With housing and health care costs on the rise, now’s the perfect time to take steps to improve your health. Here are some tips to get you started:
- 1. Get moving
Exercise is good for your mind and body, as it relieves stress, boosts energy and reduces the risk of illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes. Check out our exercise, stretch and tone, and dance classes at Lanakila Multi-Purpose Senior Center (LMPSC) for healthy options.
- 2. Find your balance
With National Falls Prevention Awareness Day happening on September 22, learn about the Tai Chi and yoga classes available at LMPSC. Tai Chi builds muscle strength and promotes flexibility, making it an excellent activity for improving one’s balance and preventing falls.
- 3. Communicate with your physician
According to The National Institute on Aging, patients only have a few seconds to express their concerns before being interrupted by a doctor. Go to your appointments prepared – bring an updated list of all the medications and supplements you’re taking as well as a list of any health-related changes that have occurred since your last visit.
- 4. Eat healthy foods
Feeling tired? For a healthy energy boost, eat foods rich in iron – like spinach, beans or lean beef. During snack time, opt for snacks like trail mix and dried fruit instead of chips.
- 5. Stay connected
Socialization improves seniors’ quality of life, as it helps to reduce stress and anxiety. LMPSC offers Arts & Crafts and music classes, cultural clubs and continuing education opportunities. The Center also offers volunteer opportunities, and members entertain local hospitals nursing homes and schools.
- 6. Learn about transportation options
Catholic Charities Hawai‘i provides island-wide, curb-to-curb and door-to-door transportation for kūpuna ages 60 and older. Our friendly staff drives seniors to medical appointments, benefit appointments, group dining sites and group excursions to help them maintain their health and independence.
For more information our about senior programs that keep seniors healthy, click here.