Depending on who you ask, some would say that age is just a number while other will say it’s all about your state of mind. Either way, we are all “growing older and wiser” each day. But, what can you do now to help prepare your body, mind, soul, and family for the inevitability of aging? In this article, we will highlight a few tips to help you age wisely and plan for the best life possible!
Positive Attitudes Go A Long Way
The Journal of American Medicine published a research letter showing that people who felt three or more years younger than their actual age had a lower mortality rate than those who felt older than their actual age. We all know that stress has a very negative impact on the body, so keeping a positive outlook can help lead to a longer, healthier, happier life. People who maintain a positive outlook are much more likely to participate in activities that help them stay healthier. The Harvard Medical School published a report, Positive Psychology: Harnessing the power of happiness, mindfulness, and inner strength that provides self-assessment tests, advice, and exercises to help you maximize the positive emotion in your life.
Stay Active and Engaged
Many studies have also shown a correlation between involvement in social activities and engagement with other people as a real game changer, when it comes to aging wisely. At Baywoods of Annapolis, we recognize the importance of social interaction while respecting the autonomy of each individual. For example, Baywoods offers a Fitness and Wellness Coordinator to assist you with exercises, and an Activities Committee meets monthly to keep the event calendar full.
Try Something New
Many seniors are trying new things to keep challenging their mind and body. Games aren’t just for the young in age, but they can be great for the young at heart too! Your smartphone has tons of brain games that can keep you busy and help you keep track of your progress. Many seniors mentor, volunteer, or work part-time at colleges to stay engaged with the younger population.
Thinking about a retirement community? Baywoods of Annapolis offers an active adult lifestyle, a full-service continuing care retirement community (CCRC), and access to the waterfront and all that Annapolis, Maryland has to offer. Contact Baywoods today for more information or to schedule a visit to our campus!