I have come across two sides of the journey of ageing they are; “It’s no fun getting old” and “age is just a number don’t let it define you”.
Getting older doesn’t have to be just about body aches, illnesses, medications, less energy, being lonely and forgetful! It can be about travelling, being healthy, learning and increasing your energy. Research has suggested we can slow down the negative parts of ageing and enhance the positives of living our lives. Our attitudes can guide that journey, we can either fall into the role of “patient” or “I will enjoy my life” despite these setbacks. Adjusting our attitudes and trying to become more positive and less pessimistic is a great starting point.
Here are some areas we can all start on:
Exercise - Start slow, even if this is just a short walk down your street a couple of times a week, it’s a start it’s not just exercise but it’s fresh air and an opportunity to see others.
Diet - Try to eat well, a healthy balanced diet including fruit and vegetables. It doesn’t have to be ready meals for your evening meals, one of our Care Team could prepare you freshly cooked meals with your ingredients.
Mindfulness - Meditating daily reduces stress, enhances brain function and could be curative to some conditions.
Social Inclusion - Social engagement can often give you purpose. Being isolated can have a negative impact on your health. Even if you are housebound, there are activities you can do together with one of our Care Team to help you stay engaged.
Let’s embrace our later years, positive ageing will not only enable us to have a less stressful life but a happier one too.
For more information on social inclusion please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Telephone: 01625 526850 Email: email@example.com
Michele Bushell, Registered Care Manager