5 Tips for Improving Your Overall Health and Wellness – Healthy Aging Month

By Sarah Sexton | Publish Date September 21, 2022

Did you know? September is Healthy Aging Month! Now more than ever, older adults are taking control of their physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and financial well-being. It is never too late to start something new! We have put together a list of five easy ways to get a jumpstart on your overall health and wellness.

5 Tips for Improving Your Overall Health and Wellness:

  1. Interact with others. We know that isolation is one of the biggest hurdles of growing older. Stay involved by volunteering your time with a beloved organization or inviting someone to meet for a meal. Residents at Kirkwood are not only socially engaged with one another, but they also are heavily involved in the Birmingham community! Nurturing your social connections with friends and family is one way to improve your overall health.
  2. Move your body. Regular, low-intensity exercise keeps your joints and muscles strong and flexible, and it can also lead to sharper memory, more energy, and better sleep. At Kirkwood, we offer a variety of weekly exercise classes and encourage residents to take in the outdoors on our beautiful walking trails.
  3. Smile! Research has shown that surrounding yourself with positive people of all ages will make you happier, too. Not only can good oral hygiene make your teeth sparkle and shine, but it is also a gateway to your overall wellbeing. As the mouth is the entryway to the digestive system and respiratory tracts, keeping out harmful bacteria through proper oral hygiene can improve the body’s resistance to infection in the heart, lungs, and gastrointestinal tracts.
  4. Set up your physical and other health screenings. Regular check-ups can prevent long-term complications and ease the anxiety of health concerns. With onsite nurses and physical therapists, a local Medical Director, monthly podiatry visits, and more, Kirkwood is committed to our residents’ preventative health measures. If you are overdue for a visit to the doctor, now is the time to give them a call.
  5. Learn something new. Take a class you’ve always wanted to take or engage in a local lecture series. Learn to play a new card game or put together a puzzle. Keeping your mind active is just as important as moving your body. Looking for somewhere to start? Find ample opportunities to learn new things through Kirkwood’s life-enriching program calendars, found here.

The Residents

Our residents come from different backgrounds and bring their unique qualities, talents, and life experiences to complete the Kirkwood community. Here are just a few reflections from some individuals who call Kirkwood their home.

I fell in love with the cottage and the view from my back porch. I am excited to have a yard for Ginger, my poodle, to play in and my own garage, all within an established retirement community!

Charlotte Hamilton Current Resident

My husband and I looked at a number of places when deciding to move to a retirement community. For the most part, we found communities that said, ‘We’re going to take care of you.’ But Kirkwood was different. It wasn’t just about taking care of us. It was also about having fun, having friends, and living life to the fullest. The attitude at Kirkwood was positive and the atmosphere was comforting. We simply couldn’t resist. Without a doubt, the location was ideal. The Cahaba Room that overlooks the river, the mountains, the trails – there were just so many things about life. The community was lively. It was alive.

Alice Brooks Current Resident

We realized we were approaching an age where we might need more assistance than what just downsizing could provide. Knowing we have my sons nearby and the levels of care should we need it is comforting, and the beautiful hillside, river, and the woods makes it that much more appealing. We don’t know of any other community that has the woods, the various levels of care, and so many different amenities.

Phyllis and John Guschke Current Residents

We were moving my parents down from the Cleveland area to be near us. I looked at almost every retirement place in the Birmingham area. The second I turned into Kirkwood’s drive and drove up the hill, I knew that I’d found the perfect place for my parents to live in Alabama. In the six years that my parents have been at Kirkwood, I have always felt nothing but love and helpfulness from every staff member. Everyone is always helpful with a pleasant attitude. You can truly see and feel the family atmosphere. I’m happy that my parents can call Kirkwood their home.

Brenda Sheehan Kirkwood family member

When we learned that Cedar Ridge was being developed, that seemed to fit our needs very well. It is the ideal place for the next phase of our retirement.

Carol and Arthur Stephens Current Residents

One thing that we feel is very important here at Kirkwood by the River is the relationship that we have between the staff and the residents. They are dedicated to making our life here as safe and secure and pleasurable as possible. That goes a long way.

Fred Rogers Current Resident

The community's cottage living surrounded by a wooded, natural environment with access to future healthcare services is what attracted us to Kirkwood!

Rick and Jane Ricketts Current Residents