Foot Care Having healthy feet is important for your well-being and independence as you age. Prioritizing foot care can help you maintain your balance, stay active, and notice any health problems such as poor circulation early. Check out these tips from Health Canada to keep your feet in good shape.
Check your feet every day for cuts, blisters, sores, and infected toenails.
Wash your feet every day, and dry them well.
Prevent cracks and dryness by using unscented lotion on your feet.
Wear comfortable shoes and socks with proper support and grip.
Stay active to increase circulation.
Take care of your toenails. Cut or file your nails regularly.
If you have specific health conditions such as diabetes or arthritis, follow additional guidance from your health care team.
Staying Connected As you age, it's essential to focus on maintaining your physical and mental well-being. Social connections and mental stimulation play a significant role in promoting healthy aging. Here are some effective ways for older adults to stay socially connected and keep your brains sharp.
Join Community Groups and Clubs. Whether you have a passion for literature, gardening, or community service, there's likely a group that shares your interests. Participating in community groups and clubs allows you to meet like-minded individuals, share experiences, and enjoy meaningful conversations. Carp seniors (description). If you’d like to learn more about the group, contact ___
Attend Senior Centers and Social Events. Senior centers often host a wide range of events, workshops, and classes tailored for older adults. Attending social events at these centers also provides a chance to meet new people and build social connections within your community. West Ottawa Community Resource Centre: https://wocrc.ca/social-programs/
Volunteer for a Cause. Look for volunteer opportunities that resonate with your interests and skills. Working with others towards a common goal nurtures social connections and promotes mental well-being. The West Ottawa Community Resource Centre is always looking for volunteers for a wide variety of programs. For more information, click here: https://wocrc.ca/volunteering-opportunities/
Stay Connected with Family and Friends. Maintaining strong connections with family and friends is vital for healthy aging. Regular phone calls, video chats, or in-person visits (when possible) can bridge physical distances and create cherished memories.
Engage in Brain-Boosting Activities: Keeping the brain active is essential for cognitive health. Engage in activities that challenge the mind and stimulate creativity. Crossword puzzles, brain-training games, reading books, or learning a new skill or language can all contribute to mental sharpness.
The New York Times has a variety of daily mental puzzles. Click here to try “Wordle” https://www.nytimes.com/games/wordle/index.html Click here to try the Daily crossword https://www.nytimes.com/crosswords