Stretch it Out!
Have you ever heard of cabin fever? Cabin fever is a common reaction that happens after a very long period of isolation within a structure. As the Coronavirus crisis worsens, seniors must protect themselves by staying inside, but such long periods of isolation can take a toll on a person’s psyche. If you or a loved one is living in a nursing home, maintaining your distance from others is critical, but keeping your body active is just as important. There are many ways to stay active indoors to avoid developing cabin fever. There are programs like Silver Sneakers, which is a health and fitness program designed for adults 65+ that are offering seniors virtual on-demand classes. Apps like MindBody, partner with Silver Sneakers certified gyms to provide LIVE virtual courses for seniors. More than 80 people can connect in a class at a time, and it helps relieve some of the need for social interaction! Virtual classes on Youtube are also a great free option! There are plenty of ways for you to be social and active while staying safe. Remember, exercise releases endorphins, a hormone that relieves stress and pain like a natural opioid! Stay safe and stretch that body out!
Readers, if you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, call your nearest medical facility and seek care right away. If you have an underlying condition like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, or respiratory conditions, stay away from crowded areas or places. These guidelines were provided by both the World Health Organization and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. There is no need to panic but stay informed.
OurSeniors.org is on a mission to reach out to isolated seniors in the local community. Help bring joy to their lives by donating or volunteering to visit a facility. A little mindfulness can go a long way. We hope you enjoy this winter season from our team at OurSeniors.org.