Old and Fit - Embrace the Golden Years

How to grow old and fit, and embrace the golden years? And have a wonderful and enjoyable experience?

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Getting old and into retirement is not just about the senior discounts, free bus ride, and special counters in the bank etc. It is about enjoying the endless hours of free time and reconnecting again with your family members, friends and your mind and body.

After six decades of wear and tear on your body, you can expect some decline on your physical wellbeing. And after years of trying to make a statement, you have angered, offended or maybe pleased someone?

Old and Fit - What Do You Want to Do?

Aging is a natural transition and you may have a different take on this whole progression. Some of you may have a greater tolerance for ambiguity. So you are able to see the bigger picture in life. Some may want to return to college, start a new online business or maybe run a marathon!

Living in this digital age, you now have free access to knowledge and information. You may be old and fit, but you can still use this to adopt a healthy lifestyle. Or follow the preventative health care procedures which can reduce or prevent health problems associated with aging.

Sure, how you age is your personal choice. What I have here are suggestions that you may want to consider. If that is okay, shall we move on?
"If you don't make peace with your past it will keep showing up in your present."
— Wayne Dyer

Embrace the Golden Years

Even if you have had some unhealthy habits throughout your lifetime, it is never too late to be aware and understand what your mind, body, and spirit need. Making lifestyle changes that will improve your health can enhance your wellbeing now and in the years to come. Do it one at a time and don't rush yourself into it. I have taken on to gardening on a 'full-time basis' now. This is one of those physical activities that are not physically taxing but very satisfying. If you are not into gardening, give yourself a go and see if it works for you.

Unfortunately, there is a profound cultural fear of aging. This, in turn, glorifies the young and deprecates anything old. In any case, you should always have a positive outlook on getting older and embrace what time has to offer. Make your sixties a deeply meaningful period.

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Old and Fit - Learn New Things

In the study by Professor Gary J. Kennedy of Geriatric Psychiatry and Behavior Science, Montefiore Medical Center in New York, the growth of neurogenesis i.e. new brain cells, continues well into your sixties. Therefore, the capacity to learn new things stays strong.

Thus, with your extra hours, you can learn new skills any way you want. For me, I took on website building because I want to turn my passion for things that I know and like, into an online business. This course is free but if you want to learn more, you have to upgrade to premium membership. For more info, click on this link. 

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Forgetfulness Old Age

If you find yourself suddenly in a space, it is a mild case of forgetfulness. This is due to the transmission of nerve impulses between cells that is slowing down. It is something that shouldn't worry you. But real cognitive decline becomes especially prevalent in your seventies and eighties.

The best remedy is to exercise your mind to be more mentally active. As reported in The Guardian newspaper, doing tongue exercise can prevent memory loss and even Alzheimer's Disease. That is why in Islam, Muslims are encourage to read the Quran every day as each verse in the Quran will give different tongue movement. This is akin to doing a tongue exercise!

reading quran can prevent memory loss

Loneliness in Old People

Whether by choice or chance, the number of single elderly people living alone is increasing. Based on The Telegraph's report, there is an increase of 10% over the last decade for the UK. Based on The Washington Post, the figure is even higher at 12% for the USA.

The reason: They want to stay independent, live in a smaller space and connect to family and friends through social media. Yeap, technology has now taken over the elderly people's mindset!

There are also some that find it hard to request for help. It hurts their pride and self-esteem to rely on others when they were once able to do so for themselves and others as well.

Fighting Loneliness

Keeping quiet and ignoring the distress that you are in can be dangerous. Without realizing it, it can be too late to help. By not asking for help because you do not want to bother people is false humility. We, including myself, tend to think this way.

You are not enforcing people from taking on more than they can handle. But instead, you are endangering yourself especially when it comes to health issues and depression. If you sense that something is significantly amiss, request for help.
In Asian culture, it is instilled into every individual that it is the duty and responsibility of a child to care for their parents. That is why the unmarried individuals and childless couples would go to lengths to adopt a child in the hopes that their future is secured.

Retirement Homes for Elderly

In Asia, checking your elderly parents into a retirement home was unheard of decades ago. But this is now very common, especially among the Chinese communities. Some still think that people in retirement homes are unloved and has no one to care for.

This is a highly misconstrued as most of these retirement homes are properly monitored with good nursing support. Family members can also rest well knowing that their parents are being well cared for. So keep an open mind when it comes to it. 

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Find Old Friend and Reconnect

With social media's popularity even with the elderlies, finding old friends and family members is easy. With a simple search, you can find them on Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitters or even on LinkedIn.

Or you prefer to find new friends instead? Making new friends after sixty can actually be fun and engaging. It is easier to start by finding friends that share the same interest as you. So go join a yoga class or tai-chi or go to a theater. Anything that you loves. Who knows you might meet someone there.

Enjoy this new friendship and pay attention to them. Embrace this new connection. Embrace the golden years.
"Be yourself no matter what. Some will adore you and some will hate everything about you. But who cares? It's your life. Make the most out of it."
— Unknown Author

Now is the Time to Travel

Yes, to explore new places and immersed yourself in a new culture and language. You can travel alone, with your family or friends, whichever you are most comfortable with.

It can be a trip to a nearby city that you had not been before or to a different country. There are many packages designed for the elderly but if you are not a fan of group travel, you can travel solo.

As a senior citizen, you get cheaper rates on public transportation, hotels, and dining. Just ask and you might be lucky.



Or Do Voluntary Works

Giving your time to a noble cause can be a gratifying experience. There are several associations who are more than happy to welcome older volunteers.

Love animals? Check out the local SPCA and see what errands you can help them out with.

Worried about the environment? You can join your local communities or societies that share the same concern as you.

Or volunteer your services at the local churches, mosques or temples.

Better still, bring your grandchildren and do a gardening project. Share your knowledge with them. Whatever skills or traits you possess, you can easily pass it to the younger generation. Not only does it keep you engaged, it also helps maintain a healthy relationship with your family. At the end of the day, your contribution does matter.

Keeping Seniors Busy and Active

Keeping yourself busy and active is important. An active lifestyle will helps prevent common problems such as depression, loneliness, or even heart disease.

Find something to do and reconnect with people. If you have something to share, feel free to comment below.

Thanks
"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change."
— Charles Darwin



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Comments

MaryDStone said…
I am coming close to my 50s now and your suggestion that learning something new like doing online business sounds good. Will be checking out the link.
60plus said…
Hi, Mary. Thanks for dropping by and do visit that link as I believe it will help you learn how to do a website and start an online business. Learn for free!
Anonymous said…
Doing physical activities like gardening helps to keep your bidy and mind occupied. You also look forward to something when you wake up every morning.
Anonymous said…
Although some people find it stressful to take care of kids ( like your grandchildren) I find them thereupatic.
Anonymous said…
Haa, getting old. I am not previledged enough to enjoy these as much as the rest of you. So senoir discounts are what I like best!
Anonymous said…
Some peope are afraid of getting old because they feel that they might get physically and financially weak. These may be true but if we have a positive view of ageing and we canbe happy
Anonymous said…
Making your sixties a deeply meaningful period...now that is a strong and relevant statement
SharifahN said…
Subhan Allah. Now I know why my mum's memory and mental faculties are still strong even though she is now in her 90's. She reads Quran every morning after Fajr prayer. I must now follow her ways and read Quran every day so that my memory and mental alertness stay strong, inShaAllah
60plus said…
Yes, keeping yourself busy and waking up to something good and exciting is important to keep you in a healthy state of mind. Thanks for dropping by.
60plus said…
In some countries, a properly organized setup to create the interactions between elderly adults and young kids, or sometimes known as kid therapy, are becoming very popular. Yes, you are right. It can be therapeutic and are beneficial not just for the seniors but also for the young ones.
60plus said…
Well, I guess we make the best of what we have and entitled to. Enjoy your day.
60plus said…
Yes, we must have a positive view irrespective of our age. But it is also easier said than done. But we must try and continue to try.
60plus said…
It is and when you have so much time on your side, whether with enough money or not, it is best to just enjoy the day, contribute whatever you can and make peace with yourself and others.
60plus said…
Hi, Sharifah. Thanks for sharing this beautiful and meaningful experience of yours and my salute to your mum. And may your wish to do so, will be fulfilled.