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Age Successfully This Thanksgiving!

Successful aging includes four primary categories of wellness: physical, mental, social, and spiritual. The food we eat plays an important role. Healthful meals help maintain and even enhance our physical capabilities; foods known for brain health can boost cognition; and mealtime presents an ideal opportunity for socialization, gratitude, and reflection.

At Acacia Creek, a Masterpiece Living Certified Center for Successful Aging, residents and staff work to embody successful aging practices in everyday life. And, with the coming of the autumn season, Thanksgiving meals are top of mind. While this holiday is often chided for its potential to wreak havoc on waistlines, it is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the important role of nutritious food and socialization in our lives.

Here are Acacia Creek’s tips for making your Thanksgiving holiday successful aging star:

  1. Physical. Prepare healthy foods. Follow the “Blue Zones” guidelines*: “90-95 percent of foods should be fruits, vegetables, grains, or beans. Use olive oil to sauté and spices to flavor vegetables.
  2. Mental. Encourage attendees to share memories of their favorite holidays. Consider adding a post-meal game including charades or wordplay for a cognitive boost.
  3. Social. Open your celebration to include friends, extended family, and neighbors. Consider setting a “no politics at the table” rule to keep conversations congenial and welcoming.
  4. Spiritual. Ask everyone to reflect upon and share something that they are grateful for in their lives – either upon Thanksgiving Day, in the past year, or in the year to come. Be supportive of others’ responses and consider how they may be mirrored in your own.

Did you know? Successful aging requires an active approach to living well. Learn how Acacia Creek residents get involved by creating healthy menus on campus. Read the article!


* This advice comes from Blue Zones, an organization inspired by the world’s longest-lived cultures that helps people live longer, better lives. Learn more at

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