Wellness programs are activities intended to promote health and wellbeing among individuals. For seniors, it offers a holistic approach to health that promotes mental, physical, and emotional comfort.

There are many reasons why wellness programs are beneficial for seniors. It improves their socialisation skill, physical fitness, and allows them to live more fulfilling lives in a carer’s home. So whether you’re a carer looking for a wellness program for your senior loved one, or simply searching for a program yourself, there are a few options you can consider.

In this article, we’ll look at specific wellness programs in Australia that are tailored for issues such as loneliness, exercise, tech literacy, and diet.

Programs for loneliness 

Loneliness is a huge problem that affects many aging Australians. According to studies, over 13% of older adults over 65 experience loneliness, and those over 75 are more likely to be lonely than any other age group.

Fortunately, there are a few community programs that can help seniors struggling with loneliness. For example, many local councils organise senior-centred activities such as mahjong, chess, and outdoor walks to help them socialise with one another. Attending these social events may sound intimidating at first, but it allows seniors to age well in their community for as long as possible, and connects them with like-minded people.

Besides that, there are also government-supported community organisations that can help lonely seniors. For example, Friendline offers phone support services for seniors who’d like a friendly and anonymous chat with an officer. Then there are also Village Hubs around Australia that provide seniors with an informal peer support network to help them in their communities.  

Exercise programs

Exercise has been proven repeatedly to be good for seniors, and it should be a part of their daily routine. Studies show that physical activity reduces the risk of health issues like high blood pressure and cholesterol, diabetes, bone and joint problems, and even some cancers.

It is recommended for people aged over 65 and above to get at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity daily, such as brisk walking, swimming, cycling, and housework. Luckily, there are a few community exercise and fitness programs that seniors can consider.

For seniors in regional and remote communities, Integrated Living Australia has a list of exercise programs and classes throughout Australia, such as movement classes, yoga, and physio. Besides that. the Exercise Right campaign also provides plenty of resources to support healthy living and allows seniors to search for exercise professionals online or in person around their community. Active Ageing Australia is another helpful charity organisation that allows seniors to search for exercise activities nearby.

Programs for technological literacy

Understanding how technology works is becoming more and more critical for seniors. While many may find it complicated, it’s never too late to learn something new. Learning how and when to use technology to their advantage doesn’t just help seniors go about life more efficiently; it also empowers them when they have learned something new.

Local councils and libraries generally offer digital skills training workshops to help seniors with simple digital skills such as sending emails, browsing the web, and downloading apps. Besides that, Courses.com.au also offers plenty of accessible courses and training in computers and smart devices for seniors.

Programs for diet

Eating well is the key to aging well. As we grow older, understanding what goes into our body and how it affects us is the key to living a healthy lifestyle. Eating well also helps promote better heart health and reduce the risk of health complications such as diabetes and obesity.

The best place to start searching for healthy eating guidelines is the Australia Dietary Guidelines by the Department of Health. The department also provides a nutrition calculator that can help seniors calculate how much daily nutrients they need and how much they should eat.

If diet is a concern, seniors are encouraged to speak to their local doctor or nutritionist. However, websites such as Nutrition Australia and Dietitians Australia have plenty of resources available to answer common questions they might have.

Getting started on wellness programs might seem daunting, but it’s often the first step that’s the most difficult. Seniors who have the courage to adopt these programs into their lifestyle will usually find themselves living healthier and more fulfilled lives.

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