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Guest Article: Full of Life: Staying Happy and Independent as you Age

Growing old doesn’t have to be something that is difficult to go through. No matter what age you are, each new year can be your time to shine. In addition, instead of dreading getting old due to health issues and other concerns that come with aging, think of ways to prevent these difficulties that may arise. Simple ways to stay young at heart and with your body is continuing to exercise, spending time with family and loved ones, and creating a bucket list to complete even as you age. As you get older it’s a time to celebrate life and stay healthy, not dread life and all the wonderful moments it has to offer.

Focus on the Little Things that make you Smile

If you have grand children or other family members that keep you feeling young and always lift your spirits, visit them regularly or ask them to come to you. It’s amazing how much a nice conversation or outing with a loved one can keep you young, positive, and full of life. Depending on how nimble you are consider going on hikes, walks, and other outdoors activities with family. The more exercise you participate in, the healthier you’ll become, both physically and mentally.

Exercise Regularly

Speaking of exercise, if you’re agile and don’t have any current injuries or health concerns, concentrate on finding a form of physical activity that you can commit yourself to regularly. For example, three times a week you can go to a Zumba class, Pilates class, or on walks with a friend. If you dedicate time to working out regularly your body will stay in shape. Don’t forget that your diet also co-exists with your workouts, so concentrate on both. The more dedicated you are to your health and fitness the kinder your body will be to you as you age.

Wellness Services for the Independent

As you do grow older you may occasionally need wellness services. If you’ve put money aside you can continue to cherish your independence by having help around the house and having the professionals come to you. There are multiple services to consider, such as personal care, companionship, nurse and clinic services, and also routine wellness check ups. Staying in your home without spending countless of hours in a hospital or at the doctor’s office will help you maintain your independence. It will also provide you with health reassurance and assistance when you need it the most.

Making Long Lasting Friendships

Even though it’s normal to depend on your family to be there for you, sometimes your children and other loved ones can get caught up with their businesses, children, and other commitments that are time consuming. So when you aren’t with your family members you can spend time with friends that you’ve made at church, meetups, or perhaps you may still have friends that you grew up with who live near by. Spending time with them will help you enjoy new adventures and laugh while enjoying simple joys in life. Make lasting friendships and you’ll live a fulfilling life full of health, love, and laughter.

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