Aging isn’t always an easy process and it isn’t uncommon to be in denial as we begin to experience some of the natural changes and challenges associated with getting older. We want to feel as energetic as we did when we were younger, without any restrictions. While aging can put limitations on certain aspects of life, seniors and older adults don’t have to sacrifice their health or happiness.
As a leading provider of home care in Scottsdale, we strongly believe that all seniors should not only be given the opportunity to age in place, but can do so while maintaining their regular routines and quality of life. The following tips are essential to aging well and can help a senior or older adult live well into their golden years.
- Don’t be too hard on yourself. Many individuals find it easier to be more understanding of their peers who are experiencing similar life changes than they are of themselves when help is needed. Give yourself some of the compassion you give others.
- Cherish the differences. When you were younger, you pushed yourself to your limits because you believed that you had to, a mentality that is always associated with the younger generation. The expectation was that you had to “give it your all.” However, at this stage in your life, it is important to take time to smell the roses without guilt and to cherish those moments.
- Take care of yourself. It might take longer to get dressed in the morning, to go to the store or to prepare a meal, but that’s okay. Allow yourself the time you need to care for yourself and make sure to allocate time to do the things you enjoy whether that’s spending time in the garden or heading to the greens for a round of golf. And if you find that you need assistance, don’t be afraid to seek hourly care in Scottsdale for help a few hours a week with errands or activities of daily living.
- Stay connected with friends and family. With age, it can be easy to fall into your daily routine, which more often than not may not involve much communication with the outside world. Make it a point to call a friend or family member at least once a week – a simple phone call can lift your spirits and make someone else’s day.
- Remain active and try new things. Staying active doesn’t mean spending hours at the gym. Staying active can be as simple as enjoying the things that appeal to you or trying something that pushes you out of your comfort zone. As you continue to participate in regular activities, you can strengthen your body and your mind, resulting in better overall health.
Aging is inevitable, but how you age is completely up to you! So take the above tips and run with them. Even if you can only squeeze one or two into your daily routine, the small change can have a big impact in the long run.