Go Your Own Way: Old Age and Independence
Independent Living | 03/9/21
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.” – George Bernard Shaw
As you age, you may think you have to start giving up the things you enjoy. But reaching your golden years should be considered just another step in your life’s journey. In fact, there’s little reason you can’t be independent as you age, as long as you continue to keep a positive outlook on life and follow our healthy aging tips below.
How to Remain Independent as You Age
- Choose Healthy Foods: Opting for foods that provide a good source of nutrition gives you advantages such as keeping a healthy weight, a reduced risk of high blood pressure and giving a boost to your immune system — not to mention reducing the possibility of heart disease, stroke and some cancers.
- Exercise and Stay Active: There’s no denying that exercising is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle. It can aid in improved bone health, balance and even averting heart and brain disorders. When you choose to stay active and add regular exercise to your routine, it results in a healthier, stronger version of you which can help you stay independent for longer.
- Use Technology to Your Advantage: Technology has made some amazing advancements over the years. Now you can use the internet to quickly purchase the things you need or instantly stream your favorite movies and shows. But do you know all the ways technology can help improve your ability to remain independent? Now you can find work out videos to improve your exercise routine and stay social by connecting to your loved one via video chat, not to mention the safety that smart technology such as home security systems and automated lighting can offer. Now you and your loved ones can feel better about you living on your own.
- Find Continued Community Involvement. Retirement can feel slow compared to your working years. One of the best ways to stay active is to find ways to be involved in your community. Look into volunteer possibilities for local mentorship programs or shelters. You may also want to consider a part-time job at a place that interests you. What better way to feel alive and invigorated than by spending time with the younger generations?
- Create a Support System of Friends. When you spend time with friends, you get a dose of one of nature’s best medicines: laughter. If you don’t have friends that live close to you to help you stay independent, there are plenty of ways to build relationships with those around you. Look for local meetup groups online, take a discounted course at a nearby university or craft store, or join in group activities at your senior living community. All these new friendships will keep you feeling young for years to come!
- Make Regular Appointments with Your Doctor. Taking trips to your doctor’s office can feel like a hassle, but they can help prevent much larger stresses later and keep you independent for longer. Your doctor can alert you to any possible conditions or issues that are developing so you can take of them early on. These visits also provide an opportunity for you to discuss any changes that may be appropriate for your lifestyle.
Feel the Freedom to be Independent at Stonebridge at Montgomery
At Stonebridge at Montgomery, we believe that your continued independence is of the utmost importance. That’s why our community is filled with a variety of services, activities and amenities to help you stay active and fulfill a healthy lifestyle.
Experience a delicious yet delectable meals in our stately dining room while enjoying time socializing and laughing with your friends. Swim a few invigorating laps in our indoor heated pool or take a calming walk at the end of the day on our walking paths. You can also expand your mind and keep mentally active with a book from our campus library.
Learn more about how you can live a vibrant, independent lifestyle at Stonebridge at Montgomery by contacting our team today or scheduling your personalized visit.