How would you assess your quality of life? On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being poor and 5 being excellent, where would you place yourself? The WHO defines quality of life as how a person lives their life “in relation to their goals and expectations.”
January is International Quality of Life Month, a great way to get the ball rolling on improving your quality of life.
At CareBridge Home Health Care, we’re always looking for ways to improve the quality of life for those we serve through our compassionate companion care services in New Jersey. But how can you improve on your own? Here are 3 lifestyle factors that might aid.
Your independence as you age is closely dependent on your health. Eating a healthy diet, getting regular exercise, not smoking, and drinking in moderation can keep you fit and feeling good. Getting an annual physical exam, all the recommended screenings, and keeping your vaccinations up-to-date will help you stay healthy longer. Seeing a dentist regularly and taking care of your mental health are also important for remaining independent. As you age, it’s also important to make sure your home is safe for mobility. Consider adding grab bars in the bathroom and improved lighting around walkways.
A Harvard Health Publishing article says that people who have satisfying relationships with family, friends, and their community are happier, have fewer health issues, and live longer.
Maintaining relationships takes effort, but it’s worth it. If you’re a loner or can’t always get out of the house, find ways to stay in touch with people—through letters, emails or social networks like Facebook.
Having a Positive Mindset:
It is well known that positive thinking can have positive effects on your overall health and immune system. A positive attitude has been linked to lower blood pressure, less heart disease, better weight control and healthier blood sugar levels. Resilience is a skill that enables us to cope with and overcome difficult situations, and like a positive attitude, resilience can be learned and improved.
CareBridge Home Health Care provides in-home Senior Care services for seniors and adults with disabilities. We can help you with meal preparation, light housekeeping, assistance with hygiene and dressing, and other services that will improve the quality of life for you or your loved one. To schedule an appointment, call us at 732-722-7800!