3 Tips to Celebrate Healthy Aging Month
September is National Healthy Aging Month. I have a special place in my heart for seniors. More on that later.
Here are three tips to help you celebrate and/or celebrate with an aging loved one:
Tip #1 to Celebrate Healthy Aging Month
Do something you love every day! Life is WAY too short to spend it doing things you don’t love or spending time with people you don’t care for. Happiness is a huge factor in overall health and well-being. Surround yourself with people that have a positive mindset, a grateful heart and support you and your goals and hobbies. Humor is also a huge role in happiness. Having a positive mindset Investing your time wisely helps you stay healthy.
I still get chuckles when watching this truly HILARIOUS invocation. A friend of the couple who founded Home Instead Senior Care, Mary Maxwell, was asked to give the invocation at the company’s 2009 Convention. Initially it seemed like a normal prayer, but it soon took a very funny turn. Her deadpan delivery and lines like …This is the first time I’ve ever been old… and it just sort of crept up on me … had everyone rolling in the aisles. Mary is doing what she loves and is aging beautifully! For more of Mary’s unique view on aging, check out her video blog on CaregiverStress.com: http://www.caregiverstress.com/voice/…
Tip #2 to Celebrate Healthy Aging Month
Eat healthy and move your body. There are countless articles and tips for eating right and exercising. Check out these tips from Healthy Aging Magazine. This inter-generational video is too adorable not to share! Watch this group of seniors (and a young man making a difference for them) dance and show off their humor. Then, there’s this senior flash mob you can check out here.
If you want to see another example of having fun while moving the body, check out this flash mob video.
THIS video of 70 year old men dancing to Billie Jean is worth the watch.
Tip #3 to Celebrate Healthy Aging Month
The third tip to celebrate #healthyagingmonth is to have peace of mind. As a four-time cancer thriver and former family caregiver for both of my parents unexpectedly and simultaneously for 2 1/2 years, I really embrace having all my affairs in order. Did you know that more than 60% of Americans don’t have a will?Did you know that more than 60% of Americans don't have a will? Get one today! http://bit.ly/coachtandyls Click To Tweet
Here’s a quick video that demonstrates the need for EVERYONE to have a will.
If it’s been awhile since you updated your will (or you need to create one), Durable Power of Attorney or at least a Power of Attorney for Healthcare, you are risking your wishes being ignored and having peace of mind. Ensuring your affairs are in order protects you financially, emotionally, and physically.
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The Reality of our Aging Population
In 1950 there were 200 million people over 60 years old – by 2000 that number had tripled to nearly 600 million and by 2025 it is estimated that there will be over 1 billion older persons.
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What Healthy Aging Month Means To Me
When I think about Healthy Aging Month, I think about my parents who served as terrific role models for my children. I think about my mom who helped take care of my kids as I traveled for work. I think about my dad who was a father figure for my kids. He helped answer my son’s questions as only another man can. He showed my daughter’s what unconditional love looks like and helped them recognize they were perfect as they are. As a single mom, it takes a village to raise children today. I’m so thankful to have had my parents play very active roles in my children’s lives until they died in 2012.
I also think about my grandparents; whom I spent time with growing up and learned so much from. I always wonder whether they felt like they lived their lives with passion and purpose. I think about whether they have made peace with everyone and everything. I also wonder how they feel about their legacy and if they have stories in their hearts that they want and need to share.
My parents died young (they were in their 60’s) and I often wonder if they had lived healthier lives, would they still be here? I know they are with us in spirit but when you celebrate life milestones, the physical absence of dead loved ones is felt deep in the heart.