September is Healthy Aging Month, a national observance to bring awareness to all the “positive aspects of growing older,” according to Healthy Aging multi-media group.
This special month of awareness was established 25 years ago by Carolyn Worthington, publisher of the Healthy Aging® multi-media platform. “Our goal was to draw attention to the positive sides of growing older. September was chosen because so many people feel they can ‘get started’ more easily then. Maybe the back-to-school routine never really goes away.”
Worthington suggests using that back-to-school mentality to examine your life, “where you’ve been and what you really would like to do, and try it!”
In other words, create your very own “bucket list” and make serious efforts to fulfill your desires. For example, If you feel stagnant in your current job, consider taking some classes or starting a home business for an exciting change of pace.
In some of my previous blogs, I’ve listed things to do with seniors to celebrate Older Americans Month and Grandparents Day, which can really apply any day of the year.
Here, I’ve listed ten tips to promote and celebrate healthy aging for seniors that require a measure of personal responsibility to achieve success and wellness.
- Age is just a number. If you don’t feel as old as your birth certificate attests, then embrace the age you feel and move forward!
- There’s power in positive thinking and doing. There is so much negative in the world today, there’s a significant need for positivity. Think and act positively – even when you don’t feel like it – and it will certainly impact your outlook on life in a most favorable way.
- Nix negative people from your life. We all have “friends” that exude negative energy by frequently complaining and pass judgment on others. To maintain your positive lifestyle and eliminate negative energy, “pull those weeds!” It may sound harsh, but keeping your distance from people like this will open your life to fully flourish!
- Keep your head up, a smile on your face, and purpose in your step. Many seniors experience difficulties walking, but that doesn’t mean you have to putter-around with a scowl on your face all the time. Move at your own pace and plaster a smile on your face, and you’ll be surprised how much better you’ll feel, as well as those you encounter!
- Posture is important. By standing up straight and sitting-tall, like Mom always insisted, the aesthetics of your overall physiology changes. Not only will you feel better and younger, but your body will look more youthful, too! Holding your head high and shoulders back improves the appearance of neck wrinkles and visibly trims the waistline!
- Say cheese! “Research shows people who smile more often are happier. Your teeth are just as important to your good health as the rest of your body. Not only is it the first thing people notice, but good oral health is a gateway to your overall well-being. (Tip: Go to the dentist regularly and look into teeth whitening. Nothing says old more than yellowing teeth!)”
- Bye-bye, loneliness! If you don’t have family or friends that live nearby, go out and meet new people. Seniors who feel lonely are more likely to suffer from depression than those elders who spend time socializing with other people. If that idea makes you uncomfortable, consider volunteering. There are many hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, animal shelters, and any number of non-profit organizations that would appreciate the help!
- Take a walk. Walking is a low-impact form of exercise that burns calories and releases endorphins, which will improve your mood and your health. If you have a dog, let Fido take you for a walk! It will be great for your furbaby and you might get to see your neighbors or make some new friends along the way!
- Get a wellness check-up. If you haven’t already had a physical in 2019, there’s no time like the present to schedule a wellness check with your physician. By confirming there are no health conditions about which to be concerned, you will have peace of mind. If you do have a concern, do not procrastinate making an appointment with your doctor. The earlier you get a diagnosis, the sooner you can start treatment. “For a list of recommended annual health screenings, a great resource is the My Health Finder. Here’s what Medicare Covers.”
- Discover your passion. Please forgive the cliché, but you can teach an old dog new tricks! If you love music and want to play a musical instrument, there are plenty of places that sell or rent them and offer lessons. If you enjoy artistry, there are classes available to paint in a social setting or art supply stores so you can enjoy doing-it-yourself in the comfort of your home or studio!
These are merely suggestions of ways to enhance your life, improve your health and maintain wellness. For more ideas, visit Healthy Aging and read more about Healthy Aging Month.
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