How To Help Seniors Age Well

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Posted Jul 17th, 2022 in Health & Wellbeing

How To Help Seniors Age Well

By following these tips, seniors will be able to cope with the challenges and changes that come with getting older to live their lives to the fullest.

The keys to aging well for seniors

Life is full of major changes as we age: career advancement, switching careers, retirement, children leaving home, the loss of loved ones, physical and health challenges, and loss of independence. While we cannot stop change, or the passing of time, often, the key to healthy aging is how we handle these changes.

It's natural to feel loss when faced with change, no matter how old you are. As you reach the milestone ages of 60, 70, 80, and beyond, it is important to learn how to balance your feelings of loss with positive additions to your life.

It is important to find new things  to enjoy, stay physically and socially active, and remain connected to your community and loved ones as you age. As we age, we also experience anxiety and fear. What will I do as I get older? Will  I be okay if I lost my spouse?

The majority of these fears are based on popular misconceptions about aging. Despite what you may think, you are stronger and more resilient than you realize. No matter what your age or situation is, these tips can help you maintain good physical and emotional health and continue to thrive.

Tips for seniors aging well

Tip 1. Be able to adapt to changes

Throughout your life, there will be times of joy and times of stress. To cope effectively with challenges, it's crucial to build resilience by creating a physical exercise routine, developing mindfulness skills and learning coping skills. 

The ability to keep your perspective during tough times will allow you to appreciate the good times and make the most of the difficult times.

Tip 2: Find purpose and joy in your life

The ability to find meaning and joy in life is an essential skill in a healthy aging process. One that needs to be developed and cultivated. Life changes as we age, and we gradually lose things that once filled our days and gave us meaning. Once we achieve life goals, it is crucial to develop new ones to give our lives renewed meaning and purpose.

If your career slows down, it may be possible for you to take part in more activities outside of work. If you retire, you can learn a new skill or hobby.  If your children leave home, you can prioritize spending time with them through family activities or trips. No matter the circumstance, nourishing your spirit and finding new opportunities is never a waste of time.

Tip 3: Stay connected with others

Maintaining your support network is one of the most challenging aspects of aging. Even those who have always been socially active find it difficult to stay connected as they grow older. Close friends and family members can be lost due to career changes, retirement, illness, and moving out of their local area. With age, we lose more people. It’s natural and part of the circle of life. Therefore we must be purposeful about finding new people and cultivating new friendships and relationships.

As you age, staying social can have a greater impact on your health. With friends and family to turn to for companionship and support, loneliness, depression, disability, hardship, and loss are mitigated.

Tip 4: Boost your vitality by getting active

Exercise can lead to greater physical and mental improvements in adults who start exercising later in life because they don't suffer the same sports injuries that many regular exercisers suffer as they age. In addition, many older adults report feeling better than ever because they are making a greater effort to be healthy.

Tip 5: Maintain a sharp mind

A healthy brain is important for many reasons. It is actually possible to prevent cognitive decline and memory problems by exercising, keeping your brain active with word games, puzzles or cards, and maintaining creativity. As you become more active and social, and use and sharpen your brain, you will reap  the benefits. This is especially the case if you've retired or no longer find your career challenging.

We hope that these tips will be helpful for you or the older adults in your lives to age well and live your lives to the fullest.

Remember that at ActivePro Nursing & Homecare Inc. we have experienced caregivers and home nurses who are willing and able to provide you with the best and most specialized care, adapted to your needs, in the Toronto and Niagara regions.  You and your loved ones can count on us!

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