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13 Ways for Seniors’ Golden Years to Shine in Clearwater

By Debbie Humphrey

A friend and colleague introduced me to a website called Sixty and Me, and when I clicked the link, I viewed a great video about aging gracefully, and with a bit of pizzazz! The host, Margaret Manning, ponders the question, “What would my 90 year-old self tell my 60 year-old self to bring more fulfillment to my life?” I found Margaret’s suggestions, (which she found in an article of undocumented origin), made perfect sense and can be easily achieved with an open heart and mind.

The 13-minute video discusses 13 suggestions for seniors’ Golden Years to shine in Clearwater:

  • If you’ve saved money for retirement, you should spend some money in your retirement. Most seniors are on a very tight, fixed budget, but if you’ve got even a little money set-aside, you should spend a little on yourself once in a while. Buy yourself something you really want, go see a movie, go out to dinner, whatever you want, but being too stressed to bring yourself a little joy once in a while, is no way to live.
  • Your children’s finances are none of your business. Granted, they may make it your business, but you are under no obligation to help them. You should take care of yourself, and they need to learn financial responsibility, if they haven’t already.
  • Move it or lose it. It’s a proven fact that low-impact movement and exercise is great for a body, and it doesn’t take a huge effort to make a difference. Walk or dance around your home – even if you use a can or walker for stabilization – and put some healthy activity in your day!
  • It’s better to give than to receive. This is especially true when it comes to your spouse, family members and close friends. Spend a little money on the ones you love, and it will warm your heart and nurture your soul! These tokens of your love and appreciation do not have to be expensive, but they should be special to the recipient.
  • Don’t sweat the small stuff. Cliché, yes, but still true. Think back to a big challenge you experienced in your life, and put the situation in perspective. Whatever the issue, it’s probably not worth your time, stress, and worry, anyway!
  • And the Greatest of these is Love. By keeping love alive, you will keep a significant measure of happiness, as well. Engage with other people and stimulate your senses. It really does a mind and body good!
  • Trends in fashion continue as we age. You may feel comfortable in that same old pair of slacks, but just because it’s comfortable, doesn’t mean it’s trendy. Even if you shop at the local department store or browse consignments, go in search of current fabrics and styles. It’s a fact that when you look good, you feel good!
  • Stay informed about news and current events. It’s always good to know what’s going on around you. If you don’t read the newspaper, tune-in to local and national news programs. Try keeping-up with your children’s and grandchildren’s activities, to make conversations easy and comfortable.
  • Out of the mouths of babes comes inspiration. Young people never cease to amaze me. Sometimes good, sometimes not so good, but they still amaze me as I age. I am currently inspired by the young people who have stepped-up from the tragic mass shooting in Parkland, to address the volatile, horrific issue of violence in schools today. Obviously, something needs to change.
  • Make time for your favorite hobbies. If there is something that you enjoy doing, then you should do it! Whether it’s knitting, quilting, playing cards, swimming, whatever it is you love to do, there is no time like the present to do it! If you don’t have any hobbies, consider volunteering somewhere or mentoring someone. Serving others is quite a gratifying experience!
  • RSVP: Yes, you will be there. Get out of the house and go to lunch, attend the party, contribute to the potluck at church, and socialize with your peers. Social engagement is vital to limiting instances of isolation and minimizing feelings of loneliness and depression.
  • Let it go, forgive and forget. Well, you might not forget, but it does the heart and soul good to forgive and let go of grudges and resentments. What purpose does that ugliness serve in our lives? Forgive others, accept apologies and make apologies, if necessary. Time to release the burdens and free the mind and spirit.
  • Laughter is the best medicine. Reader’s Digest got it right! Laughter releases endorphins that stimulate good stuff for our overall health and wellness. Surround yourself with people that make you laugh, because you will undoubtedly be happy!

I wonder what other things our 90 year-old selves could share to help us in the journey through our “Golden Years?” I’m not sure, but I hope that by embracing the suggestions above, our 60 year-old selves will experience a much happier, more fulfilled journey!

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Source: Sixty and Me