6 Tips for Aging Gracefully
Written by Meghan, Healthy Living Expert on Tuesday, October 04, 2016
You’re getting older – we all are. Instead of fearing the aging process, however, you can learn to love your age and reap the benefits of aging gracefully. Of course, this is easier said than done. But by changing your mindset and your outlook on your own life, you can age without fear, even in a culture that is seemingly obsessed with youth. Here are a few tips to help you embrace life – and perhaps even look forward to your next birthday.
Accept your aging. Instead of fighting the inevitable, embrace your advancing years. Sure, you can spend hours counting your wrinkles and lines in the bathroom mirror. But you can also remind yourself where all those cracks and crevices come from: a life well lived. Learn to look forward instead of looking back and remember that, in spite of your advanced years, you have lots of life left to live.
Embrace what really matters. Now that you’re older – and wiser – you know what’s really important in your life. Maybe you’ve realized that family comes first or that you must make time for leisure. Whatever it is that matters to you, embrace it. Living by your personal compass will help you feel fulfilled and happy.
Follow your passion. If you are like many older adults, you have spent most of the last decades caring for family, earning a living, and taking care of day-to-day obligations. Somewhere along the way, many of us forget about the hobbies, hopes, and aspirations we once held dear. But now that you’re older, you may find that you once again have the time and energy to pursue your passions. Whether it’s painting, volunteering, or traveling abroad, take advantage of your spare time and live your life to the fullest.
Take advantage of the financial benefits of your age. Yes, there are upsides to getting older! Senior discounts are a great excuse to get out and enjoy living. Ask at restaurants and movies whether they offer discounts for older adults. Even some grocery stores offer price cuts to seniors! But it isn’t just day-to-day activities where you can find a reduced price. Many airlines and hotels also offer cheaper rates to seniors. It’s the perfect excuse to plan an out-of-town getaway.
Remember that age is just a number. The date on your driver’s license isn’t what defines you. Look beyond your numerical age and embrace how you feel. For many adults, that may be decades younger than they really are. In fact, in one poll, one in six older adults said they feel 20 years younger than they their actual age!
Plan for the future. While it’s easy to ignore what lies ahead, you will feel more confident if you have a plan laid out for your future. Finances are one subject that causes anxiety for many older adults. Instead of pushing thoughts of money away, take action by considering what you’ll do if you ever need long-term care in the future. Paying for Senior Care can help you better understand your options for long-term care, including how you might pay for it, should you need it. Reach out to our long-term care expert with your questions about long-term care.