Aging happens to everyone. It is 100% inevitable. In today’s world it is looked at as an inconvenient and maybe even a scary thing. Growing out of your youth or young adult days is challenging especially to those who don’t like to slow things down. Aging doesn’t need to be seen as a bad thing. It is a beautiful part of life. There are many people that think pain is part of aging. It’s actually not. Oftentimes pain is caused by a lack of preparation to age. There are many different ways and aspects that go into happy and healthy aging. Happy and healthy aging refers to the process of growing older while maintaining a positive quality of life, physical wellbeing, and mental health. It involves adopting a proactive approach to aging that focuses on physical, emotional, and social well-being.
Maintaining good physical health is crucial for aging happily and healthily. It is important to remain active even if it looks different than it did in your thirties. Keeping your body moving as well as a balanced diet and adequate sleep is very beneficial. Staying physically active can help prevent chronic conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis. However, it is still important to go in for regular check-ups with healthcare professionals. Here at Bel Aire Senior Living our CNA’s (Certified Nurse Assistants) help catch and address health issues early, preventing them from becoming more serious problems. Vaccinations, screenings, and immunizations are also important aspects of preventive healthcare.
Caring for your mental health is equally important. There are two main parts that go along with having good mental health. First is managing stress. Practicing mindfulness techniques such as meditation and deep breathing can help manage stress and promote mental well-being. Reducing stress levels can have a positive impact on overall health. Additionally, seeking emotional support and counseling when needed can help manage stress, anxiety, and depression. Second is keeping your mind sharp. Engaging in cognitive activities like puzzles or reading can help your mind stay active. Lifelong learning keeps your mind engaged. Pursuing new interests, taking courses and staying curious can enhance your quality of life. At Bel Aire we provide plenty of puzzles, reading materials, our Dakim Brain Fitness machine, and many different activities to keep our residents’ minds active.
Maintaining a positive attitude toward aging can have a significant impact on your overall well-being. A lot of remaining positive requires a change of focus. It’s important to not focus on what you are no longer able to do but focus on what they still can do. Focusing on the positive aspects of life and embracing the opportunities and challenges that come with age can contribute to happiness in later years. It is important to be surrounded by supportive loved ones and others that are experiencing similar things. There is joy in everyday life. By changing your focus and surrounding yourself with good people you will be able to find it.
Happy and healthy aging is a holistic approach that considers physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being. It’s about maintaining a high quality of life as you age and making proactive choices to promote your overall health and happiness. Oftentimes, in order to have a happy aging period, you require extra help. Here at Bel Aire we say “Move in, live better.” and it’s true. With our friendly and supportive staff and great resources throughout our facility our residents truly do live better.