Tips to improve wellbeing

WHATEVER WORKS: Being social and keeping connected could be finding new interests or going to social groups and events or on outings with family and friends.
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FIND AN ACTIVITY: Exercise is a reason to keep active and is beneficial for both your physical and mental wellbeing.

At Whiddon, we use the term creative ageing broadly to include arts and crafts, music and song, dance, theatre, animal therapy, storytelling, writing, cooking and gardening.

Creative expression engages many different parts of the brain, and it is enjoyable, which means that you are more likely to keep doing it.

Our brain’s capacity for creative expressions does not diminish with age, in fact, it can grow.

We’ve found that getting people involved in creative activities and groups is a highly effective way of tackling social isolation and loneliness, reducing anxiety and depression, and improving capability and cognition.

Our trial of HenPower, a creative ageing and social-engagement program based around keeping and caring for chooks has resulted in much improved quality of life for the residents that get very involved.

Tips for healthy ageing:Get creative – You don’t need to be ‘naturally’ creative. Anyone can get involved in and enjoy creative activities – music, singing, art, mandala meditation, puzzles, even gardening and cooking involve creative expression. These activities build confidence and can have a big impact on positivity, wellbeing and happiness.Stay connected – Loneliness and social isolation can have huge impacts on health, engagement and wellbeing. Find ways to connect with people, places, interests and things that matter to you and encourage family and friends to do the same.Be physically active – Keeping active is important at all ages and exercise is beneficial for both your physical and mental wellbeing.Exercise your mind – Brain training is a hot topic and we frequently hear about activities to keep the brain active. Whiddon offers a program called Chat, Stories & Tea, a social program that uses non-medication based approaches to slow cognitive decline. Techniques from the program can also be used at home to help engage a family member or friend – use plenty of sensory stimuli, such as music, pictures, things to hold and play with to help encourage conversation and memories to flow. Avoid asking direct questions, as this can be intimidating and instead use imagination to encourage conversation to build confidence.Find meaningful activities – Participating in meaningful activities helps us feel positive, purposeful and accomplished. These activities may change as we grow older and it’s important to help a family member find what’s meaningful and enjoyable for them – pursuing an old hobby, or finding a new one, volunteering, mentoring others and finding ways to give back. Caring for another being or living thing, human, animal or plant can help us feelthat we are contributing and valued, which is why pet therapy is so powerful.To find out more about Whiddon’s award winning aged-care services and creative-ageing programs visit 梧桐夜网whiddon南京夜网419论坛 or call 1300 738 388.