Written by, Samuel K. Burlum, Investigative Reporter, and author, Published on 3/28/2018, www.SamBurlum.com Exclusive
Tags: Assisted Living, Baby Boomers, Golden Years, Health Care Facilities, Long Term Care, Quality of Life, Senior Health Care
Source: Just because your body and mind are aging, does not mean you must give up on your quality of life. There are a few practices a senior individual can do to increase their life’s enjoyment so they may live well into their golden years.
Your golden years should be full of joy and excitement, reaping the benefits from all you have accomplished in life. Now it’s your turn to do some of the things on your list for you and your spouse but never had a chance to experience. You might have had a long career or profession, and now you’re retired. Years may have gone by raising a family, and now your children are grown, and raising their own children. Possibly, you may have served your local community either helping at church or a non-profit, or even served local government or on the emergency services squad. Life most certainly does not end there.
It’s time to go outside your zip code, apartment, or home. Travel and leisure are necessary to living well into your golden years. It allows you to maintain a community/worldly view, and with time on your side, you are not rushed to return to work or get the kids ready for school. Take a trip with your spouse or a group of friends, even if it is for the weekend to explore the local museum or a town or two away. You will be able to appreciate these things in a new unit of time. Travel also keeps the mind sharp; the process of planning trips and activities keeps the mind going.
Making new friends will be helpful to your golden years. As we age and our lives change, so do our interests. It is rare to see a group of seniors taking on adventurous activities such as those we might have chosen in one’s younger years. Having a group of friends that have faced a similar journey or will face a similar journey as you will provide a support group you can turn to when you need advice and encouragement.
Maintain your health and wellness. It is simpler said than done, but is a key ingredient to having a more enjoyable golden era. A balanced diet, walking or light exercise, or even your mental wellness, are all factors that can help your body stay mobile. Cultivating an active lifestyle is vital even when your body begins to age, or after an injury or illness.
Having a few hobbies will keep your mind and sense of purpose going. A person in their golden years may have many life lessons that can be put to work even if it is for self-enjoyment. Some seniors take up new hobbies where they can join classes on how to do something, like advanced cooking. Maybe crafts or gardening is your thing. Whatever the hobby is, it is important to be doing something other than being sedentary and watching television.
Some seniors choose to keep working. Having a job to go to serves several purposes, even if it is part time. A part time job can help a senior with some extra cash flow that may offset what they don’t receive from their senior benefits. It also gives a person a sense of purpose and keeps their mind active.
Write letters, poems, stories, and/or articles. It is an excellent way to journal your life’s experiences for others to enjoy, passing down your family history from one generation to another. Writing allows you to reflect on your life and life’s work, while handing along important life lessons that can help others either in business, raising a family, or something else. You can stay connected to family and friends through writing, as a duel reminder to reach out to each other.
Just as important as writing, reading is critical in keeping the mind functioning. Reading books, magazines, and or stories can help your mind stay cognitive and aware. Even if a person chooses just to read a few pages a day, keeping the use of your ability to communicate will be extended by reading and writing.
Some seniors choose to give back and volunteer. Maybe it is to lead a support group at church or to help welcome visiting families at the local hospital, or maybe you choose to read to children at the local library. If you are living in an assisted living facility, maybe you volunteer to help other residents with the organization of an activity. Volunteering your time and services is just another way to stay connected with the outside world and feel good that you are helping others; depositing into the help bank for when your time comes and you need a helping hand.
Samuel K. Burlum is an investigative reporter who authors articles related to economic development, innovation, green technology, business strategy, and public policy concerns. Burlum is also a career entrepreneur who lends his expertise as a consultant to start-up companies, small businesses, and mid-size enterprises, providing advisement in several areas including strategic business planning, business development, supply chain management, and systems integration. He is also author of The Race to Protect Our Most Important Natural Resource-Water, Main Street Survival Guide for Small Businesses, and Life in the Green Lane-in Pursuit of the American Dream.