we measure ourselves against ourselves and not against an external benchmark of what’s considered ‘normal’. What if we acknowledge that wherever we’re at with our health, physical fitness, parenting, caring, work, or any other aspect of our lives is great. The difference it can make to our attitude and our success can be profound according to Dr Dave Alred who spoke at a conference I attended recently. This is what I learned ..
We all know that eating well and exercising are important for good health and to age well. We do actually know this. What happens if we know this and we don’t do anything about it?
I’m getting older. I know that. I’ve said for a long time that I plan to see 100 and beyond. And, I’m determined to age well. Age healthily. Age happily. Age productively. In community with like-minded people. I eschew the idea of a retirement village or nursing home. That’s not for me. I don’t do bingo. Have no interest in bingo. And group excursions or group events? I’ve never been a good groupie which is probably one of the reasons I won’t do cruises. I don’t like the idea of being told when to eat, what to eat or where to eat. However, there’s a ‘but’. Here it is …
Today I’m a little older than yesterday. Tomorrow I’ll be a little older than I am today. In 10 years I’ll be a bit older again, and 20 years hence, older again. Will I be old? Not if I can help it. Will life be different? Yes. Will life be slightly different to the one I had in my 20’s, 30’s, 40’s or 50’s. Definitely. And guess what? That’s OK. Let’s face it, we all get older, from the day we are born. The question is: When do we become old vs becoming older?
Whilst some of us are keen to finish work and never go back, many others (including me) enjoy working and want to continue doing so beyond 55 or 65. Although we can feel discarded and made to question our relevance and value in organisations, older workers have lots to offer. Working also has health benefits. But why would anyone bother hiring an older person?
that according to the Oxford English dictionary, retirement means: ‘The action or fact of leaving one’s job and ceasing to work’, or ‘the period of one’s life after retiring from work’. Why is this a problem?
I recently attended ‘The Future of Ageing’ conference run by the Arts Health Institute. It was an informative, action-packed, fun 2 days with a range of expert speakers intermingled with singing, comedy, films, and a dance performance written, choreographed, and designed by an inspiring 101 year old dancer who also performed in the show. The underlying message and theme throughout the conference was …
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics nearly one-third of all Australians, that’s 4.4 million Australians, do voluntary work contributing 704.1 million hours of labour. We know that remaining active and engaged in life is essential to living a long, happy, and healthy life. However, who would have guessed that volunteering could provide these physical and mental benefits to how we age?
Whilst some of us are happy to move to a retirement village when we’re older it’s not for everyone. I’m probably in this latter group. However, a danger of remaining at home is loneliness and isolation and potentially poorer health. Keep reading to learn what we need to consider to remain healthy and happy if we want to remain at home.