At one time ‘aging gracefully’ meant that you accept getting older by trying not to look or act younger than you are. But that implies that age alone limits how you should live your life. As if at a certain age rocking chairs, frozen dinners and days spent watching TV are a given. As if – exactly! While yes, getting older is a given, the concept of ‘aging gracefully’ is changing because we now know that how old we look and feel is relative to our lifestyle. And that one focused on connection, staying active, eating well and living with purpose can not only improve overall wellness, but also help you make the most of life. Here’s how.
Advances in medicine mean we’re living longer than ever which is wonderful, but it also makes wellness more important than ever. As such, ‘aging gracefully’ becomes more about healthy aging. In fact, the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) has defined seven dimensions of wellness that contribute to healthy aging: emotional, intellectual, physical, vocational, social, spiritual and environmental.
It’s easier than you think to put those dimensions of wellness into action to help you age gracefully today. Tips include:
Senior Living Can Help
We’d like to think it’s even easier – and a lot more fun – to age gracefully in senior living. Our communities are focused on wellness as well with monthly calendars filled with clubs, classes, events and outings along with amenities such as pools, fitness centers, chef-inspired meals and more. In fact, more and more people are moving to senior living while they are completely healthy specifically for the lifestyle and the convenience it offers!
For more information, download our Guide to Aging Gracefully or contact Friendship today to schedule a tour by calling 540.385.8720.