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The positive aspects of growing older

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Getting older is something that happens to all of us, as much as we may try to hide from it! However, by looking after ourselves and embracing later life, we can maintain a positive focus on what old age has in store for us.

For some people, growing older often comes with the assumption of spending a lot of time alone, not being very active and having to rely on others for help. There are many ways to think positively and keep active as we get a bit older, though. In fact, with the right attitude and approach, our later years can be some of the best years of our lives.

Here we take a look at some of the positive aspects of ageing to help you and your loved ones to look forward to the future:

Time to find yourself again

We spend most of our lives helping and working around others, whether it’s parenting, supporting close friends or collaborating with co-workers. When we get a bit older, those responsibilities tend to fade away. Before long, you may feel a little lost without the key roles that have made up such a big part of your life.

Use this time to take stock of your life and rediscover yourself, your interests and your connections with others. You may find that you start to have a little more spare time, which you can devote to a hobby, learning new skills or volunteering in your community.

Physical fitness

A common perception of old age is that we’ll face restrictions to our physical activity. Of course, we’re more likely to face mobility issues the older we get, but there are still plenty of ways to maintain our physical health and keep ourselves moving.

Gentle exercises like going for a walk or stretching regularly are extremely useful for limbering up the joints and improving blood circulation. Even just 30 minutes of light exercise each day can make all the difference in boosting your vitality in later life. It’s also important to keep on top of eating healthily and staying hydrated.

But it’s not all just about physical wellbeing…

Keep your mind sharp

It’s easy to overlook our mental health in favour of physical health, but they are both just as important as each other. Maintaining a sharp and focused mind is good for prolonging the development of potential degenerative conditions like dementia, which become more common as we get older.

Try keeping your mind engaged with activities that require concentration. This can include reading or doing daily brain teasers and puzzles. Make sure you don’t spend too much time fretting about small issues and problems you can’t control. By focusing on calmer and happier thoughts, you can prevent getting bogged down by any negative or stressful situations that may arise.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help

Maintaining our sense of independence is important for keeping a positive outlook. However, it’s natural that we may come to rely on a bit of help from time to time. It’s important not just to recognise when we’re struggling, but also to feel comfortable in asking someone close for assistance.

Whether you need a helping hand for one or two tasks around the home, or a more dedicated care service, SureCare can provide the right assistance. To maintain your sense of independence, we take great care to not interfere with your regular routines, but work with you to offer support when and where you require it.

To find out more about how SureCare can support you or a loved one in later life, get in touch with your nearest team for a chat about our services.