Did you have an aunt who continued to work well into her 80s? Or perhaps your parents and grandparents enjoyed good health and longevity?
If you’re lucky, you may have grown up with a role model that encouraged you to approach aging well with determination and confidence.
But even if you didn’t, you can step into that role for your children and those who will follow. It’s never been easier to access the wellness information you need. And it’s never too late to take the proactive steps that will get you on your way.
What is aging well?
Taking care of both your mind and body is required but an added benefit is that almost everything you do to keep your body in shape is also good for your brain. Eating a healthy diet, exercising, staying active and enjoying strong social relationships all play an influential part.
Role models to follow
If you need anyone to provide an example or inspiration, you may want to take a look at the lifestyles of Blue Zones’ residents. These are some of the oldest living groups of people on earth and they live in different geographical areas around the world, referred to as Blue Zones. While their geography may differ, they do share some basic traits that are thought to contribute to their longevity.
Researchers found 9 evidence-based common denominators:
- Their lifestyles encourage daily movement
- They have a purpose
- They effectively manage their stress
- They stop eating before they’re full
- They eat plant-based diets and little meat
- They drink alcohol moderately and regularly (except for one group that abstains)
- Majority of the groups belong to a faith-based community
- Family comes first and multigenerational living is common
- Their social circles and friends support healthy behaviors
10 aging well tips for being a model for others
Here are a few suggestions you may want to consider to become a great role model for aging well:
The benefits of keeping physically in shape extend to better heart health, decreased risks of some chronic diseases and lowering your chances of falling and sustaining an injury.
- Keep cognitively fit
Although it hasn’t been determined that keeping your brain stimulated can eliminate your chance of developing dementia, it may delay the symptoms.
- Build strong relationships
Avoiding loneliness and social isolation is a big benefit when it comes to remaining healthy as you grow older. Stay in touch with family and long-time friends – and make new ones whenever you can.
- Eat healthy
The right diet gives your body and mind the energy it needs to function efficiently. Increase your fruits and vegetables and avoid processed foods, added sugars and large portions.
- Sleep well
Your body and mind heal when they are at rest. Don’t shortchange the opportunity by getting too few hours of sleep. Get the amount of rest you need.
- Manage your stress
You can’t eliminate all stress in your life but you can take steps to manage it. Make life changes and learn techniques to calm your mind.
- Stay connected with your community and beyond
It’s important to remain a part of the world. Keep up to date with the news and what is happening. Be an active part of your community and contribute.
- Find or nurture your purpose
Research is beginning to better understand the impact that having a purpose can have on our ability to age well. Find meaning in your life.
- Keep a positive outlook
Take steps to remain positive about life. Look for the best in the situation and in other people. Negative attitudes can adversely affect your health.
- Ask for help when needed
Aging well doesn’t mean you have no problems or challenges. It means that you know to ask for help when you need it. You don’t have to go it alone.
Bonus tip: How an independent living community can help you age well
One of the best steps you can take is to position yourself and your wellness goals where they have the best chance to succeed. One decision that many seniors make is to move into an independent living community.
There you will find every opportunity to not only remain independent but to be supported in all the ways you need to obtain your optimum health. Consider all that is offered:
- Private residences and independent lifestyles
- Maintenance-free living
- Healthy dining options
- Planned activities
- Social events and entertainment
- Opportunities to make new friends
- Fitness centers and cognitive enriching activities
- Scheduled transportation
- Security and safety
Life at Tapestry Senior Living communities
If you’re interested in reframing how you see aging or would like support to be a role model in aging well, an independent living community may be exactly what you’re looking for.
We hope you found these suggestions helpful and invite you to consider one of our communities. If you’re considering whether senior living might be the right answer for you or a loved one, we offer the following benefits and more:
Eating healthy and staying in shape is easy with our chef-inspired meals and fitness center. You’ll have many choices of activities to challenge your mind – or just to have fun. And the best part? All the new friends you’ll meet. With our amenities, activities and social events, you’ll quickly build meaningful relationships.
We understand that choosing the right community is an important decision and are here to answer any questions that you may have. We also invite you to download our complimentary guide if you’re considering an assisted living community – Just the Facts: Your Guide to Assisted Living.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule a personal tour, please contact one of our advisors at a community near you.