May is Mental Health Awareness month. A recent study by the National Poll on Healthy Aging found that an estimated one in five older adults currently experiences depression, anxiety, insomnia, substance use, or another mental health disorder. While mental health is essential to maintain all year round, it's worthwhile to take a month to focus. Having a clear head and feeling good mentally improves your quality of life. Enjoy these classes focused on giving your mind the care and attention it needs to thrive.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, physical activity helps reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression and improve feelings of well-being. In Exercises That Boost Mental Health, you’ll explore how walking, yoga, tai chi, swimming, high-intensity interval training, biking, dance, and more keep you both physically and mentally sound.
You can also get active with a seated fitness program in Ageless Grace: Activities for the Body and Mind, learn “21 Simple Tools for Lifelong Comfort and Ease.” Based on the science of neuroplasticity, this program works the core and activates all five functions of the brain - analytical, strategic, kinesthetic learning, memory/recall, creativity, and imagination. These exercises, based on everyday movements that are natural and organic, focus on the healthy longevity of the body and brain.
Power of positive thinking
Research published in 2016 on longevity showed that genetics probably account for only 25 to 30% of a long life, while a whopping 70 to 75% is decided by lifestyle. In his upcoming sessions, Looking at the Upside of Aging Well and Managing Setbacks, geropsychologist, Dr. Joe Casciani, and founder of the Living to 100 Club will talk about the importance of looking at our thinking patterns and being careful not to go down negative roads by interpreting events as unfavorable and instead to view aging as a time of positive life experience. Supplement these sessions with Change Your Thinking: Managing Worry and Fear and Change Your Thinking: Manage Negative Thinking and the Inner Critic.
We offer sessions on many other topics including mediation, mindfulness, caregiver support, stress relief, and more. We hope you’ll explore the entire series of Our Minds Matter…Embrace Mental Health classes.