How do you define successful aging? A recent article published online by the Huffington Post reminded us that successful aging is just as subjective as it is objective. Objectively, we desire to be healthy both physically and mentally. But aging can also be a positive experience subjectively by finding happiness beyond the decline of our bodies. Take a look at what Michael Friedman from Huff Post had to say:
“[B]y 70+, many, if not most, of us have already experienced some significant declines in our physical and mental abilities. So it’s good news that whatever the condition of our minds and bodies objectively, we can still age well subjectively. We can be old and feel good.
How? Here’s some of what old people have told researchers.
First, having certain personality traits is a plus. These include: a positive attitude, optimism, adaptability and resilience.
Second, old people say that it’s important to have relationships with people you like and care about and who like and care about you. They also say it’s important to engage in activities that you find pleasurable, engaging, valuable and/or meaningful. In addition, having a sense of control (however limited) of your circumstances and condition is also characteristic of people who say they are doing fine even if they have significant problems to cope with.”
Aging doesn’t have to include struggle. Whether your definition of success includes staying physically healthy or happily engaged with a warm and welcoming community, the Peninsula Volunteers programs are here to provide any outlet for the aging process. Check out what kind of activities we have at Little House, spend time with our friends at Rosener, or develop a relationship with our Meals on Wheels team. Whatever your need may be, we’re here to help!
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