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Springtime Wellness for Seniors

Springtime invites us to step outside to breathe in the fresh air and enjoy those priceless first warm weather days, all while presenting opportunities for growth and positive change. At Benchmark Senior Living, we embrace this season of renewal and reset, allowing it to inspire healthier and happier lifestyles for our seniors. Join us as we celebrate springtime wellness by exploring the rejuvenating benefits of spending time outdoors, cultivating healthy eating habits, and the revitalizing practice of spring cleaning.

The Healing Benefits of Nature

Numerous studies show the remarkable benefits of spending time outside for older adults, from improved mood and increased vitamin D levels to enhanced memory and cognition. Frontiers in Psychology research reveals that just 20 minutes spent a few days a week connecting with nature can significantly lower cortisol levels (a stress hormone). What’s more, there is no need to venture far for these benefits – Participants walked and sat in yards, parks, and nearby green areas, so the next time you need some stress relief, a prescription for some time outside may be just what the doctor ordered.

Research from the University of Michigan emphasizes the connection between interacting with nature and improved cognition. Their study showed that activities like walking in a park can significantly improve memory performance and attention spans. After spending an hour in nature, some participants showed a remarkable 20% improvement in memory and attention testing, similar to the effects of meditation.  Spring is the perfect time to reconnect with nature, and our Benchmark communities provide the ideal environment for seniors to do just that. Through our premier community living, seniors can access beautifully landscaped gardens, tranquil patios, and excellent walking paths*.

Spring into Action

Spending time outdoors not only offers a refreshing dose of Vitamin D, but also encourages movement and physical activity, crucial components for senior wellness. Research from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has shown that those who engage in outdoor activities have higher levels of Vitamin D and report greater physical functioning, reduced fear of falling and fewer depressive symptoms. Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to various chronic conditions, including cancer, heart disease, and bone health issues. While sunlight is an excellent, natural source of Vitamin D, it’s important to still be mindful of proper sun protection as well. Sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, and long-sleeve clothing are excellent sun-safe habits while outside.

By encouraging older adults to spend more time being physically active, and preferably outdoors, we are creating a brighter, healthier future. At Benchmark, we recognize the profound impact that active time spent outdoors can have on overall health and happiness, and it’s reflected in our communities. With our outdoor patios, beautiful gardening boxes, and walking groups resuming this time of year, you can quickly sense the excitement and connection in our communities. You’ll also often spot our residents relaxing and soaking up the fresh air on their front porches

Promote Healthy Eating Habits

In addition to embracing the outdoors, spring is also a time to focus on nourishing the body with wholesome foods. emphasizes that simple changes in our diet and habits can have a profound impact on our overall health and well-being. Whether it’s slashing sodium intake, reducing sugar consumption, or adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet, small adjustments can lead to significant improvements in how you feel. At Benchmark Senior Living, our talented culinary team curates a variety of tasty, healthy and seasonal food to help nourish your body and fuel your spirit through 3 balanced and well-rounded meals a day.

One of the fun and practical habit changes suggests is using the time while brewing coffee or waiting for water to boil for tea to prepare some fresh fruits and veggies for a quick snack later on. The fresh fruits and vegetables that are in season in spring include bananas, rhubarb, strawberries, broccoli, avocados, asparagus and multiple greens, all nutrient-rich, flavorful options!

Revitalize Your Space with Spring Cleaning

Spring cleaning is not just about tidying up — it’s also an opportunity to let go of the old and make room for the new. A clean and clutter-free space can promote a sense of calm and clarity, offering the perfect chance to rejuvenate one’s surroundings and make spring cleaning feel less of a chore and more like a rewarding opportunity for growth. 

Decluttering your space may seem like an intimidating task, but taking small steps and having resources can make it feel more achievable. offers practical advice to make the process more manageable, suggesting starting with one small area to organize, such as a drawer or a closet shelf.  Sort items into three piles: Keep, donate, and toss. Remember, the goal is to be honest with yourself, remove unnecessary clutter, and create the best space for you to thrive in. 

Embracing Spring With Benchmark

This spring, there is no better time to embrace wellness and positive change in our daily lives.  At Benchmark Senior Living, we believe that spring holds the potential for great positive change and growth, particularly for our beloved seniors. From outdoor activities and vibrant communities to healthy eating options and compassionate care, we are committed to helping seniors live their best lives every season. Contact us today to learn more about our assisted living and memory care services and why springtime at Benchmark is truly a season to celebrate.

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