“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”
Heard that one before, right? It’s popular because it’s true. Eating well is one of the best ways to stay healthy and avoid unnecessary trips to the doctor.
But don’t stop there! That same principle applies to many areas of life.
Take memory loss, for example. Research shows that exercise and socialization can be effective means of staving off the lapses in memory we fear as we grow older. According to information from the Mayo Clinic, for example, regular exercise (several times a week) may delay or slow the progress of Alzheimer’s in people who are at risk for the disease. Exercise also may improve cognitive function among those with a mild version of Alzheimer’s.
We certainly can’t guarantee memory improvement at Northwest Adult Day Health and Wellness Center, but we do know that families of members here have said that they’ve felt like the program seemed to slow the progress of memory loss.
Socialization, too, can pay wonderful dividends toward quality of life. According to the Elder Care Alliance, building quality relationships can help support healthy choices, in addition to reducing stress and fighting depression or anxiety.
Members have regular access to activities like morning coffee and conversation sessions, exercise programs, arts and crafts projects, card and board games, music sessions, spirituality and friendship groups, and a nutritious hot lunch to boot. It’s like a social and health club, basically, with the bonus that a registered nurse is always on the premises to help monitor wellness.
Don’t wait to get started until your spouse, parent or grandparent shows signs of loneliness or has increased difficulty getting around. The best time to get started is today, while loved ones can get the most out of the experience now and for years to come.
To learn more about the health and wellness programs at Northwest Adult Day Health, contact the front office or read more about how to get started. NWADH also offers free trials to help potential members see exactly how much adult day health has to offer. These three-hour observation trials are a fun, obligation-free way to get started.