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Aging with Dignity
Aging is not a positive experience for everyone, and yet some people still manage to look at it as a rewarding experience. Those who think the latter are the people who have learned to age with dignity. No matter how you look at it, aging is inevitable – so if it’s going to happen to you anyway, why not embrace it? The following are just a few tips for ensuring that you feel good in your senior years, and age with dignity.
Don’t Try to Look Younger Than You Really Are
Trying to look a different age is a clear sign that you haven’t yet accepted how old you are, and you need that acceptance before you can age with dignity. Remaining healthy and physically fit are smart things to do, but fighting against other signs of aging by getting a lot of plastic surgery and dressing inappropriately will only make you look desperate. That being said, it’s not wrong to try to look your best, either. If you want to get hair replacement therapy or a nose job, or simply go shopping for the latest trends because it makes you feel good about yourself, then you should go for it! Just keep in mind that true happiness comes from your outlook rather than your look.
Retire With Grace
By the time people reach retirement age, they have achieved most things in life, such as status in society, power in their profession, material comforts etc. Unfortunately, many people dread retirement because they have become attached to these things and are afraid of losing their self-importance. This is clearly no way to age, especially considering that the longer you wait to retire, the more ineffectual you will inevitably get, and the less respect you will get from the younger generations. Instead, retire gracefully and chart a new, purposeful and satisfying life so that you can move into the next phase with dignity.
Be as Independent as Possible
By the time you retire, you should be free from debt and have enough savings to support yourself and your spouse throughout your senior years. If you want to feel like you are truly aging with dignity, then you need to ensure that you don’t leave debt to children or depend completely on your family for stability.
Be Conscious About Your Health
The longer you are able to stay fit and mobile, the longer you will be able to age with your independence intact. Although it isn’t uncommon to have health problems when you age, the more you stay on top of your physical capabilities, the longer you will be able to stay self-sufficient and pain-free. At the very least, you should try to get out for daily walks to keep your heart healthy and your weight down, eat a healthy diet, and quit old habits, such as replacing regular cigarettes for electronic cigarettes.
Give Back to Your Community
As you age you will find that you have more free time, which is the perfect situation for giving back to your community. There are plenty of charities that need volunteers, organisations that need mentors or counsellors, children that need a big brother or sister, and the list goes on. Being able to give your time, effort or money is a great way to feel like you are contributing to society, which is a fantastic way to age with dignity.