There has been a rise in the idea of successful aging with books, information, and non-stop online advice as to how to be more proactive about health and wellness. ‘Aging well’ is an accepted principle and idea and is what it says on the can; the aim being to make the most of this new widespread longevity and live as best as possible for as long as possible. Yet successful aging is a little more complicated and will be different for different people. This article provides some ideas as to the concept and how it is evolving.
What is successful aging?
Successful aging is about planning and having specific programs in place to create a cheerful outlook, with related positive lifestyle changes and actions from middle life onwards. There has been a paradigm shift, and the way in which we view aging and older age has changed based on the aforementioned increase in life expectancies. The main aim of successful aging is to reduce disability and the health risks most often associated with later life.
What are the most critical aspects of successful aging, and how do you include these in your life planning?
This is the biomedical function of aging and has been the main focus of aging literature and debate so far. It is about the health and well-being of the individual and is related primarily to longevity. Society has begun to deal with this using medical advancement, and life expectancy has increased substantially. A key component of successful aging is the ability to live as long and healthily as possible without disease and disability and is both about the physical and cognitive functions or whole brain fitness.
Active aging is being able to interact with others physically and mentally on a social level and have an active role in society. Be it as a grandparent, an elder in the church, or just as part of a backgammon and chess club, being actively involved is essential for elderly living as a whole and will form one of the cornerstones of successful aging.
Having a role in society is as important as having a daily routine that creates a sense of productivity and worth. Older people may not be gainfully employed, but the skills that they have garnered over the years mean that they have a wealth of advice, and volunteering has been a terrific way to contribute to the local area.
Aging successfully is really about a mindset and the notion that in order to have a good old age, we need to start planning early and ensure that we live a life that will result in successful aging, with the focus on the three elements as discussed in this article. You must be able to have the foundations of good health, mental and cognitive strength, and a means to feel valued and engaged with society. This is the secret to successful aging and will not be possible at the last moment. It is a process that must be set in motion and maintained from an earlier age.