Growing old is too often associated with loss, loss of friends and family, loss of independence and loss of style. To allow age to define your lifestyle and your happiness would be an extremely defeatist and unchallenging attitude to have. Growing old should be a vibrant experience, a time that all of your previous living has been leading up to. Your wisdom and experience should be a factor in your everyday decisions, how you act, how you treat people, how you dress and essentially how you live your life. Growing old in style is all about acceptance, accepting that life is changing, that loss will happen and that at times, help from others will be needed. If you can draw together all of your experience and learn to accept everything in your path, then you will most certainly live a vibrant and colourful life.
Dress to impress:
There are no real guides and confinements to what anybody should wear. The only golden rule to dressing yourself when you get older is to wear what makes you feel good. Whether that we a knitted jumper or a cocktail dress. Age should not make you shrink away from making a statement or wearing something crazy. Life is essentially too short for conservatism and for preventing yourself from doing something that makes you happy. Dress however you like and answer to nobody but yourself.
Healthy living is so important throughout life, but as you get older, you become more susceptible to diseases and ailments. Cut out bad habits like smoking and excessive drinking if you would like to increase your life expectancy. Exercise regularly and eat well to improve mobility and to keep you active for longer. You owe it to yourself to improve your quality of living. Exercising is only as gruelling or unenjoyable as a person makes it, if you’re not one to get on the treadmill and run a marathon, then why not try a dance class or go for a walk on the beach or through some country lanes? Keeping yourself active is sure to make you happier and healthier at the same time. Living well does not mean living a regimented fitness lifestyle, but rather being aware of what is going to make you feel better and live longer and make allowances for it.
Get with the technology:
There are certain technologies that can improve your quality of life as you get older. Some great examples are the IPad, which will allow you to communicate with your family and browse the internet, and the user friendly GrandCare system, which will allow you to set reminders and will allow your family to access information about you without feeling as though you are being checked up on. It’s quite easy to feel isolated when you are surrounded by people who have adopted technology into their everyday lives, but if you take simple steps to familiarise yourself with different technology, then it will give you the advantage and can bring you closer to your family.
Do what excites you:
Make sure that you’re not somebody who feels that they have missed an opportunity to do something that excites them, or that they have always wanted to do. Life is not meant to be filled with regret or missed opportunity. Whether there’s a certain destination you want to go to, or something daring that you want to do – i.e. skydiving or bungee jumping, then go for it! There is never a wrong age to learn a new skill or make a new memory, make sure that you get the most out of life and do everything in your power to make dreams a reality.
Growing old in style is about grabbing life with two hands and doing everything you have ever wanted to do. Don’t let age be the reason you miss an opportunity or live with regret, remember age is just a number, and style is about being healthy, happy and vibrant.