A healthy, active body = a healthy, active mind


Post by: Eastlands Estate, 18 Jul 2017

In the spirit of Mental Health Awareness Month, and as a senior lifestyle estate that truly cares about our residents, we’d like to share with you a few surprising facts about mental health and wellness in older adults.

For example, did you know that mental health conditions like anxiety, depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease are not normal parts of ageing? And that researchers now believe that many of the supposed age-related changes that affect the mind are actually lifestyle related?

While it’s true increasing age is a risk factor for many mental health issues, and an estimated 15% of adults aged 60+ suffer from a mental disorder*, getting older doesn’t have to mean deteriorating mental health.

At Eastlands, we know this. In fact, our brand new Lifestyle Centre that opens next month is geared towards promoting active ageing, a concept that has been shown to help decrease your risk of developing a mental health issue, and improve overall mental health and wellbeing.

The World Health Organisation says:

‘The mental health of older adults can be improved through promoting active and healthy ageing. Mental health-specific health promotion for older adults involves creating living conditions and environments that support wellbeing and allow people to lead healthy and integrated lifestyles.’

We’re delighted to say that Eastlands Mature Lifestyle Estate offers exactly that – a supportive space that nurtures body and mind through world-class facilities. These include our new Lifestyle Centre, beautifully-appointed homes (including pet-friendly units) for quality independent living, and park-like indigenous gardens that rejuvenate the soul!

Three pools, a gym and wellness centre, lawn bowls, jukskei, metal and carpentry workshops, restaurant and coffee shop, boardroom and business centre, vegetable allotments and even boutique hotel-style rooms for overnighting friends and family all form part of our extensive Lifestyle Centre complex.

Our onsite medical facilities like doctors’ rooms, pharmacy, assisted living service and 24-hour frail care centre complete the picture.

More than just wanting our residents to be happy, we want them to be healthy. Because at Eastlands, active, healthy living really is a state of mind.

 *World Health Organisation, Mental health and older adults fact sheet (April 2016)

 

 

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