According to the United States Census Bureau, “By 2030, all baby boomers will be older than age 65. This will expand the size of the older population so that 1 in every 5 residents will be retirement age.” As the baby boomers age, they will soon outnumber the population of children in the United States. That is why it is important to understand the needs of the older population. Here are some ways to meet the needs of our seniors and keep them engaged.
Maintain Brain Health
Cognitive health is necessary for people of all ages, especially for senior citizens. Brain health is composed of sensory, emotional and motor functions which are responsible for how you feel, interpret and respond to emotions, and control movements. There are various therapeutic programs that will keep your brain active and help you feel more engaged with your surrounding community. Some of those programs include but are not limited to: art therapy, horticulture therapy, music therapy, pet therapy, and aromatherapy. It is important to remember that our seniors can still remain as active and engaged as they once were if we do our part to provide them with programs that intrigue the mind, engage the body and inspire the spirit.