Becoming a senior no longer means staying at home in your rocking chair. Scientific and medical research has shown that staying physically and mentally active throughout our lives is the key to living a longer, healthier and more productive life.
I recently had a conversation with Irv. His friend suggested he call Luxe Homecare to find out about companionship and some help around the house. Irv admitted to me that since his wife died about 17 months ago he had become terribly lonely. He told me that his friend is concerned that he’s becoming a hermit. “I just don’t want to go out alone. I always had my wife with me. She was my constant companion, my better half. I know I may not find that kind of relationship again, but I need to know that there is someone I can talk to.”
We talked some more, and I explained to Irv that having someone to talk to is only part of the healthy living equation. Stimulating your mind, taking on physical activity and eating correctly work together to slow down the aging process.
Whether that activity is walking, yoga, pilates or going to the gym. It can also be mental stimulation, and that might include reading, puzzles, math problems or anything that will help the brain develop new neural pathways and circuitry. Diet is an essential part of this too. Your body is a piece of machinery, and what you put into it and how well-oiled you keep it will either boost its production or lessen it. The same goes for your brain function. It needs a certain amount of proteins, fats, vitamins and other elements to stay on top of its game.
I went on to tell him that it is precisely why Luxe Homecare offers many services to its homecare clients. For example, the companion/housekeeper that Irv mentioned earlier in the conversation can also go on walks with him, take him for outings, drop him off at the gym so he can work out, and bring him to events with friends and family. We do our best to accommodate our clients’ needs.
Tips for a Healthy Mind/Body
Here are some tips to consider incorporating into your daily routine.
- Get seven to eight hours of sleep.
- To maintain your body shape and your energy levels, exercise at least 30 minutes per day.
- Learn a new word every day to keep your mind active.
- Stay within a healthy weight range to keep your cholesterol, blood pressure, and A1c hemoglobin levels in check.
- Avoid saturated and trans fats–stick with healthy fats such as fish oils and olive oil.
- Include Vitamin E in your diet. It supports brain health and is found in many commonly used foods such as eggs, whole grains, nuts, butter, spinach and milk.
- Make sure to have lutein in your diet. It’s a natural antioxidant, helpful to the eyes, and it’s found in many dark, leafy vegetables.
Irv is a New Man
Irv wasn’t thrilled with some of my suggestions, but he did become a client. Several weeks after our caregiver/companion started, Irv called to tell me that he felt as if his depression was lifting and things were getting back to as close as normal as they could. “I’ve started walking every morning with Hank (his caregiver) and even discovered a new coffee shop. That was one of the things my wife and I loved to do together–find out of the way coffee places so that we could feel as if we were leaving the neighborhood without really leaving it. Thank you for giving me my life back.”
Luxe can help your friend or family member as we did for Irv. Often people think of home care services as something for those who can’t move well or are sick. Although we certainly do services for these types of clients, we also have many who just need a friendly face and a companion, just like Irv.
We service several geographic areas in Southern California including Bel Air, Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Long Beach, Malibu, Newport Beach, Riverside and Santa Monica. To contact us call us at (310) 454-5500. Our email address is [email protected].