Celebrating International Self-Care Day

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Established in 2011, July 24 marks International Self-Care Day, focusing on the awareness and importance of self-care, empowering people with the knowledge and ability to be actively participating in their own health and wellness. Learn more about practicing self-care, why it is important for older adults, and how seniors at MacKenzie Place – Fort Collins independent living, assisted living, and memory care are taking advantage of health and wellness benefits provided by our senior living community.

What is Self-Care?

The World Health Organization defines self-care says, “the ability of individuals, families, and communities to promote health, prevent disease, maintain health, and to cope with illness and disability with or without the support of a healthcare provider.” This broad definition expands the definition of self-care to include hygiene, nutrition, seeking medical care, and managing stressors.

At its core, self-care means doing what it takes to take care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally so that you can show up as your best self for others. More than bubble baths, spa days, and candles, self-care is comprised of the daily habits we prioritize that bring us health and happiness. Self-care is not selfish or self-indulgent. However, it is emphasizing your own health and wellness to serve those around you better.

The Importance of Self-Care for Senior Health

For many older adults and seniors, self-care is a new idea – and it’s on the rise among all generations. According to Google Trends, the number of searches for ‘self-care has more than doubled since 2015. Although we are more connected than ever, seniors report feeling more lonely than ever, and many mental health experts believe we have an ‘epidemic of anxiety and depression.’

For people of all ages, self-care is an effective tool in fighting anxiety and overwhelming thoughts, but it is a crucial care technique for seniors. Actively participating in their own mental, physical, and emotional health increases feelings of independence and can help avoid the dangers of social isolation – all in addition to improving physical health.

Practicing Self-Care at MacKenzie Place – Fort Collins

For residents at MacKenzie Place – Fort Collins, self-care is a daily commitment made easier by living in a senior community. Our residents actively engage in social activities, take advantage of group fitness and personal training opportunities, and take a proactive approach to their physical health.

A nutritious (and delicious) menu served in our restaurant-style dining room fuels each resident to take advantage of life-enhancing services and programs. In our assisted living community, residents are empowered to make personal decisions with their medical support team, receiving the assistance they need to live the life they want.

From our onsite gym to our full-service travel agency, MacKenzie Place residents are fully equipped to live an active and exciting retirement that respects boundaries and encourages independence.

Self-care is at MacKenzie Place – Fort Collins. If it’s time for you to start taking control of your health, we are here to help! Contact MacKenzie Place – Fort Collins to schedule your tour and start living better than ever.


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About the author

Alissa has been working in marketing and the senior living industry for over 8 years. With a B.S. in advertising from the University of Illinois, Alissa has worked all over the world as a freelance communications strategist and writer. Published in Forbes, Senior Finance Advisor, Alzheimers.net and on other leading senior care blogs, she leverages her working knowledge of the senior care industry with leading research and best practices to create engaging content benefitting seniors and their caregivers. In her free time, Alissa loves to travel, read, cook, and spend time with her family.