Life goes through cycles. We spend the first few decades of our lives just trying to figure things out, and then we put what we’ve learned into practice, and then, once we reach retirement age, we begin to wind down. While life has ups and downs no matter how old we are, it does seem that retirement and old age, in general, can be more problematic than other periods, especially since most media, services, and products seem to be geared towards youth. It’s always important to remember, however, that it’s always possible to live well. Below, we take a look at some tried and tested tips; if you have a parent in this age bracket, consider nudging them towards adopting these ideas.
Having a Purpose
There are a few so-called “Blue Zones” around the world, which are the places where people live the longest. And in some of these zones, they don’t just live longer: they’re also among the happiest people in the world. One of the reasons for their longevity and happiness is their sense of purpose, something which gives them a reason to get out of bed in the morning. It can be something as simple as wanting to see their grandchildren grow up, or a desire to finish a big project. Whatever it is, it’s the foundation for a happy life.
Staying Part of the Community
Being part of a community is something that many of us take for granted. We have a community in school, at college, at our jobs. Even if we don’t love everyone there, we’re still part of things; we sense that we’re not out there on our own. In retirement, however, it’s harder to belong to a system that’s bigger than yourself. People can become isolated, and lonely, and it can have a big impact on overall happiness. If your parents are beginning to show signs of loneliness, look at getting them out of the home. Most communities have events that are geared towards older people, where locals can meet one another.
Help When It’s Needed
Getting older presents a whole host of issues, such as reduced mobility. It becomes harder to complete the daily tasks that have to be done, such as cooking and cleaning. And even though it might not sound like too big of an issue, it can greatly diminish the quality of a person’s life. If your parents are finding it more difficult to take care of these tasks, then look at helping out yourself, or work with a company that offers assisted living services. Your parents will find it much easier to live life to the fullest if the basics have been taken care of.
Finally, make sure your mom and dad are getting their dose of exercise. It doesn’t need to be anything strenuous. It’s just about getting the heart rate up a little, even a brisk walk and a thorough stretch will do the job. It’ll help keep them loose and energetic for longer.