Aging Gracefully, What Does It Mean To A Senior Citizen?
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Aging Gracefully, What Does It Mean To A Senior Citizen?

Aug 29 2018

Aging Gracefully, What Does It Mean To A Senior Citizen?

Aging gracefully is a term used frequently, but means different things to different age groups. Even within the same age group, like senior citizens, it can signify different things.

 

 

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Aging Gracefully: What Does it Mean To A Senior Citizen

A senior citizen is usually defined as anyone 62 years of age and older. At random, ask 10 seniors what their definition of “aging gracefully” means to them, and their response will be a unanimous- staying healthy. Indeed, as one hits senior age, susceptibility to chronic illness does increase. For example, conditions such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Dementia
  • Poor vision
  • Skin conditions
  • Heart diseases
  • Oral conditions
  • Fatigue
  • Obesity

 

Indeed, were you to take a poll among seniors as to what activity they most wanted to do, it would vary.

  • Traveling
  • Being around their children, grandchildren, close family members
  • Being active throughout the day
  • yoga
  • tai chi
  • dancing
  • swimming

 

For those seniors with limited mobility, there are still a myriad number of activities that will keep them busy and happy. For example,

Spend time reading
Reading is a fantastic activity for older adults. It’s a fun way to spend time and keep the brain stimulated. It can also improve memory, reduce stress, improve sleep, and delay cognitive decline.

Organizing a book club among their friends is another way for seniors to enjoy reading and socializing.

 

Hobbies
Hobbies are great for older adults with limited mobility. They include cooking, baking, knitting, crochet, indoor or container gardening, or playing a musical instrument.

Learning something new is also a great way to stay sharp and keep boredom at bay.

 

Exercise

Even if you are not mobile, there may still be exercises that you can do to get your body moving. Whether they’re sitting or standing, they can still get the health and mood benefits, especially from chair exercises or chair yoga routines.

There are also exercise routines that can be done using a walker for stability.

 

Creative activities
Drawing, coloring, painting, and sculpture are all wonderful ways to be creative. Fun projects might include creating scrapbooks, organizing family photo albums, or making a family recipe book.

As a plus, being creative also comes with health benefits. Research found creative activities can help people who are battling chronic illness to reduce stress and anxiety, which can improve medical outcomes.

 

Aging Gracefully: How Seniors Can Thrive

Aging gracefully means that seniors need to take care of themselves physically, mentally, and emotionally.

 

Here are several recommendations from the American Association on Aging:

Nutrition is key – avoid processed foods and focus on plant based choices.

Stay active – stay active throughout the day and keep your muscles active.

Take care of your skin – use sunscreen when necessary. Avoid harsh chemicals.

Stay positive – create a positive mindset, it allows you to slow down your mental decline.

Keep stress levels low – Find ways for coping with the situation. Change things wherever you can. Meditation, yoga, or tai chi helps reduce stress.

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Barry G
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Barry graduated from City University of New York and holds a Ph.D. in Physiological Psychology.

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