With much less stigma attached to getting older than there used to be, you can now expect to live life to the full well into your 80s and beyond.
If you are feeling a little anxious about aging or you want to see how others are thriving in their later years, then the following inspiring tales of aging gracefully and happily are just what you need. Read on to find inspiration.
Learning to cope with change
As you age, everything changes. Your body changes, your mind changes, and even your attitude to life and those around you changes. Rather than try to avoid these changes or bury your head in the sand, it is much better to embrace them and adjust your life accordingly.
“I felt fine in my 60s and even into my early 70s but suddenly I started to notice small changes that had a big impact on my daily life. Rather than ignore these, I decided to adapt my life accordingly and I have never been happier.” Sandra, North London.
Keeping fit and healthy
If you want to be able to enjoy your life for as long as possible, then you need to make sure that you are keeping yourself fit and healthy. This means getting the recommended amount of exercise for your age group and eating a healthy and well-balanced diet.
“I spent my entire youth eating and drinking what I wanted without any consequences. As I have gotten older, I have realized the importance of being fit and healthy. I recently discovered squash and I wish I had found out about this sport earlier.” Robert, St. Albans.
Accepting help when you need it
Depending on your age, you may feel able to look after yourself or you may need a little helping hand to get you through the day. Don’t feel ashamed to ask for help or to admit that you need someone to care for you when you are unwell or struggling.
There is a wide range of excellent care homes in the UK such as Signature care homes that have residential homes all over the country.
“Making the decision to move into a residential care home was the best decision I have ever made. I am still able to keep my inpendence but I get the help and support I need to live each day to the full.” Charles, Oxford
Making new friends later in life
It is only natural to lose friendships as you get older but having friends and people to socialize with is vital if you want to be able to maintain good mental health.
If you struggle to make new friends, then there are lots of groups that you can join to help you meet new people. It can also be fun to sign up for a course or to learn a new skill as this offers a great way to meet new people and try new activities.
“I never expected to get to this stage of my life and be lonely, but that is what happened to me. Fortunately, my husband and I decided to move into a care home which is where we met some of the loveliest people we have ever had the joy of meeting.” Joanna, Surrey.