For many people, the idea of aging fills them with dread. The idea of getting older makes many people assume that they will be stuck at home and that they will be inactive and bored. However, it doesn’t need to be this way.
Maintaining your independence as you get older is essential. Here’s how you can ensure you can stay independent as you age.
Be Proactive About Your Health
Many older people have the notion that health problems are par for the course as they get older. However, this needn’t be the case. Often, people won’t get an issue checked out until it has become a serious problem. Sometimes, it will be too late to do much about it then.
Instead, make sure that you are proactive about your health. Go and see your doctor about your ailments, and don’t write them off as being just ‘old age.’ Often, you will be able to get the help that you need.
From the age of 40 onwards, we lose 8% of our muscle mass per decade. So, by the time you hit old age, you may have lost a considerable amount of muscle mass. It is important, therefore, that you keep as active as possible. Work to the logic that if you don’t use it, then you will lose it.
If you have limited mobility already, you should not let this put you off getting out and about. Use a chair or scooter. These are great for trips around the block, and you can use them as a base to get out and about.
Wherever possible, try to exercise. If you are chair-bound, then you can still often exercise your arms and neck. Make sure you stretch often.
Keep Your Mind Active
Keeping your mind as active as possible will help fight off boredom and mental health problems such as depression. It may also be helpful in the fight against dementia. There are lots of things that you can do to keep your mind active; for instance, you could read a book, do a crossword, play chess, do a sudoku puzzle, or even do a jigsaw.
Take Up A New Hobby
They say that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but they are wrong. You can learn in old age, and you may find that you have the time and the patience for learning a new language or a new skill such as drawing or painting.
In addition to taking up courses, you may want to consider volunteering your time as a way of getting out and socializing more. There are lots of charities that would benefit from your time.
Embrace New Technology
Technology is always changing, and keeping up-to-date with the newest developments will not only make your life easier, but it will also keep you connected to friends and family.
There are always lots of courses that may be helpful for learning about how to use new technology. Don’t get left behind; be proactive.