“We don’t stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

This quote holds so much truth. You can either grow old or positively age – there is a difference. The power of positive aging: 7 tips are designed to help you stay youthful in mind and thought even if your body moves a bit more slowly than it used to.

Positive aging may not be a recognized medical term, but it is a state of mind,  and the power of positive thinking is never a “wrong attitude.”  At its core, positive aging means age doesn’t have to be a “disease.” Age is a gift that brings with it knowledge and experience. Positive aging is a “process of feeling good about yourself, staying fit and engaged in life, maintaining a positive attitude and surrounding yourself with family and friends.”

At Baldwin House Senior Living, we understand the science of happiness. In fact, our team and communities embrace a philosophy that “laughter is the best medicine.” To help fulfill the promise of happiness, you’ll find a new joke of the day, every day, in the community.

Power Of Positive Aging: 7 Tips

No matter your age, it’s never too late to embrace a positive mindset about growing old. We’ve put together these potential activities and ideas to offer insight into how you can age more positively.

  1. Movement matters. “Move it or lose it” is a phrase you’ve probably heard, and it truly matters as we age. The less we move, the harder it is to move. That’s why you should participate in the movement activities in our communities. Our life enrichment directors are always looking into ways to promote movement and offer activities ranging from balloon volleyball to chair yoga to walking clubs.
  2. Stay connected. Isolation leads to depression and that brings with it a whole host of both emotional and physical concerns. When you’re at one of our communities, you have access to social activities and the opportunity to share meals with friends.
  3. Find a purpose. Give yourself a reason to get up in the morning. Whether you have a pet, a plant or a friend to meet for coffee, knowing you have something to look forward to starts your day off on the right foot.
  4. Eat healthy meals. Of course, you can have ice cream or pizza as a treat, but as a general rule, it’s best to eat as healthily as possible in order to stave off health concerns. Fill your plate with protein, fruits and veggies, and eat fewer carbs and sugary and processed foods.
  5. Foster your relationships with your family. Build friendships and stay connected.
  6. Reduce your stress. If you are getting anxious, try to determine the cause. Talk with someone to help alleviate stress. Take a walk because the movement can help reduce anxiety and, in turn, your blood pressure.
  7. Keep your brain active. Sitting in front of the television for hours at a time is unhealthy for anyone of any age. Engage your brain in activities like crossword puzzles or reading, or even a craft or hobby. Staying engaged mentally just might alleviate symptoms of dementia.

Aging is a state of mind. The more positive you are about the inevitability of aging, the better you may feel as you age.

Visit a Baldwin House Senior Living community near you and ask what activities we have planned for our residents as we welcome summer together. Baldwin House Senior Living, brought to you by the same people who founded American House Senior Living communities in 1979, is built upon the strong foundation of guiding families and empowering seniors.

Baldwin House combines care with compassion and dignity. We offer families peace of mind and give seniors who call Baldwin House home the freedom to live their very best lives. Call us today to schedule a visit. We’d love to meet you or your loved one!