Aging In a Positive Way
Americans’ obsession with youth seemingly takes firmer hold with every generation. Today it’s common for women and men in their 20s and 30s to begin seeking aesthetic medical treatments that will make them look younger. In today’s job market older adults are competing with co-workers half their age for positions and advancement opportunities. Ageism-the discrimination based on age-is a very real threat for older Americans.
The positive aging movement stands as a counterpoint to age-based beliefs and prejudices.
Aging comes with challenges. Energy wanes, aches and pains increase, the mind and body may slow down. But aging also comes with wisdom, knowledge and experience. Aging is a privilege denied to many, and for those who are not ready to turn into the negative stereotype of the older person, here are a few ways to practice positive aging:
Stay physically active- Exercise helps keep the brain and body healthy, helps to maintain a healthy weight, and helps with agility, flexibility and balance. Try walking or gentle yoga or Tai Chi.
Stay connected to others---Maintain good relationships with family members and keep your friendships strong. This can help you have a more joyous fulfilling life.
Practice positive thinking- Start with a written gratitude list. Focus on the things and situations that are going well. Learn not to think about the things you don’t have control over. You cannot have a positive life with a negative mind.
* Focus on you---Focus on what you can do to create more positivity in your own life. (Positive thinking)
* Embrace technology—Get a laptop or a tablet or a smartphone. Learn how to use them. They are valuable tools to use the resources available to you over the internet to keep in touch with your loved ones.
* Keep reasonably current on pop culture---Knowing what’s going on both politically and culturally helps you to keep up with conversations.
* Set new goals and pursue them---learn a new language, take up a new hobby, volunteer your time, join a book club. This will help you feel better about yourself and you will feel more fulfilled. Find your passion.
* Never stop having fun---Remember this, people don’t stop having fun because they are old; people become old because they stop having fun.
Resources: AARP(2018) gransnet.com(2018) pioneernetwork.net(Sept 19,2017)