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10 Ideas to Help Seniors Focus on Happy, Healthy Aging

10 Ideas to Help Seniors Focus on Happy, Healthy Aging

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The health and wellness of our senior residents is at the focal point of everything we do here at CountryHouse. In fact, we have a deep understanding of the importance of fostering a nurturing environment for our residents, especially those living with dementia. As a premiere Elkhorn memory care community, we believe in the philosophy of joyful living for seniors. Opened in January 2021, our community is a testament to expert and loving care, designed purposefully to create a homelike feel for our residents. With a capacity to warmly welcome 40 residents, CountryHouse is not just a place to live; it’s a place where life is celebrated every day.

Below, we have provided ten key ideas that seniors can use to focus on happy, healthy aging, truly making the most of these golden years. Continue reading to learn more!

1. Embrace a Sense of Community

Community is at the heart of CountryHouse. We encourage our residents to engage with their peers, participate in group activities, and feel a part of our big family. This sense of belonging can significantly boost their mental and emotional well-being.

2. Personalized Care and Attention

At our Elkhorn memory care community, we understand that each resident is unique. We tailor our care and activities to suit individual needs and preferences, making each day a new opportunity for personal fulfillment.

3. Engage in Regular Physical Activity

Regular physical activity is crucial for seniors, especially those living with dementia. It helps in maintaining muscle strength, improving balance, and reducing the risk of chronic diseases. Exercise also has a significant impact on mental health, reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety. For individuals with dementia, physical activity can help slow down the progression of cognitive decline.

At CountryHouse, we recognize these benefits and incorporate a variety of physical activities tailored to our residents’ abilities and interests. Examples include:

Gentle Exercise Classes: 

These classes are designed to maintain mobility and flexibility. Activities like chair yoga or light stretching are ideal for our residents.

Walking Groups: 

Our beautiful secure courtyard with strolling paths is perfect for supervised walking groups. This not only promotes physical health but also offers a chance for social interaction and connection with nature.

Dance and Movement Therapy: 

Sessions that involve music and movement can be both enjoyable and beneficial for coordination and rhythm.

4. Stimulate the Mind

Mental stimulation is key in managing dementia. Engaging in activities that challenge the brain can help in maintaining cognitive functions for longer. These activities can improve memory, attention, and problem-solving skills. They also provide a sense of achievement and can be a source of joy and fulfillment.

Our Elkhorn memory care community focuses on a range of mentally stimulating activities that are both fun and beneficial. Examples include:

Memory Games and Puzzles: 

Activities like crossword puzzles, memory matching games, or simple jigsaw puzzles are excellent for cognitive stimulation.

Art and Craft Sessions: 

Creative activities not only stimulate the mind but also allow for self-expression. This can include painting, clay modeling, or crafting with various materials.

Music and Storytelling: 

Music has a unique ability to trigger memories and emotions. Sing-alongs, music listening sessions, or storytelling circles can be incredibly engaging and mentally stimulating for our residents.

By focusing on these areas, we aim to provide a balanced approach to care at CountryHouse, ensuring that our residents not only receive expert care but also enjoy a life full of meaningful and health-promoting activities.

A group of seniors playing a board game at the best Elkhorn memory care community

5. Nourish with Healthy Meals

A balanced diet plays a critical role in maintaining overall health, particularly brain health. Foods rich in antioxidants, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals contribute to better brain function and can reduce the risk of cognitive decline.

Leafy Green Vegetables: 

Spinach, kale, and other leafy greens are high in vitamins A and K, which can help in cognitive functioning. These can be incorporated into meals as salads or cooked as side dishes.


Blueberries, strawberries, and other berries are rich in antioxidants. They can be served as a healthy snack or added to cereals and yogurt.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids: 

Foods like salmon, trout, and sardines are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids, known for their benefits in brain health. They can be a part of regular meal plans.

Nuts and Seeds: 

Almonds, walnuts, flaxseeds, and chia seeds are not only nutritious but also high in antioxidants, vitamins, and omega-3 fatty acids. They can be added to meals or offered as snacks.

Whole Grains:

Oats, quinoa, and whole wheat products provide essential fibers and B vitamins, supporting overall brain health. These can be included in various forms in daily meals.

By focusing on these nutrient-rich foods, we aim to contribute positively to the cognitive health and overall well-being of our residents, making each meal at CountryHouse not just a time for nourishment but also for enjoyment and community bonding.

6. Foster Independence

While we provide expert care, we also encourage our residents to maintain as much independence as possible. This empowerment is crucial for their self-esteem and overall happiness.

7. Connect with Nature

Our courtyard isn’t just a space for exercise; it’s a connection to the natural world. The strolling paths and the beauty of the outdoors are therapeutic and offer a serene environment for our residents.

8. Offer Comfortable and Safe Living Spaces

Comfort is key in our Elkhorn memory care community. Whether it’s a companion, private, or deluxe private room, each living space is designed to feel like home, complete with full in-room bathrooms.

9. Celebrate Small Victories

Every day is an opportunity to celebrate the small things in life. Whether it’s a shared laugh, a completed puzzle, or a walk in the courtyard, we cherish these moments with our residents.

10. Maintain a Calm and Homelike Environment

We pride ourselves on creating a calm atmosphere where our residents can relax, feel safe, and be themselves, truly making CountryHouse feel like home.

Contact Our Elkhorn Memory Care Community

Our mission at CountryHouse in Elkhorn is to treat all in our care like family. We believe in not just providing care but enriching the lives of those living with dementia. With our specialized team, purposefully designed environment, and commitment to joyful living, we invite you to explore what makes CountryHouse a unique and loving community.

To learn more about our Elkhorn memory care community and how we can be a part of your loved one’s journey towards happy, healthy aging, please contact us. We would be delighted to share more about our community and welcome you for a tour.

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