Ageing is something that a lot of people fear. They fear losing their capabilities as well as the idea that they entering the later period of their mortality. But the truth is that we can do a lot to make ageing something that is a lot less scary. If we’re active about it, we can do a lot to age a lot more happily.

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Keep a real idea of your capabilities

As we get older, we will lose some of our capabilities. At first, they might be very noticeable, but as we keep getting on in years, we could be frightened to take a real look at what we can and can’t do. However, with occupational therapy from places like the OT Practice, it’s easier to get a better look at the realities of what we can and can’t do. From there, we know what possibilities we can further pursue.

Making changes in our living situation

Many of those possibilities will be finding ways that we can keep independent for longer. We can’t do everything ourselves, but by making a few changes in our lives, we can keep doing more for ourselves. For instance, in the home, you should be looking at accessibility changes that allow us to move, to wash, and to cook without needing assistance.

Keep trying new things

Besides our physical needs and living needs, we also have emotional and mental needs that need to evolve with a better understanding of our capabilities. As we lose the capability to enjoy our past hobbies, we shouldn’t be against finding new hobbies that fit those capabilities. Finding new passions in life keeps the spirit eternally young.

Keep finding friends to laugh with

Another problem that many face as they grow older is finding their social sphere shrinking. Over time, we lose friends. People move, people lose touch, and we lose people. As we grow older, we need to be willing to find friends. Isolation is a problem that can cause real mental health as well as emotional problems. Look into older activity groups in your area and be open to making new friends in the same position as you.

Make a difference

It’s not just the people in our lives that we tend to value, but the impact we’re making on it as well. A lot of us enjoy doing work and having some agency and influence on the world around us. As we grow older, we might find that having all our time to ourselves isn’t as relaxing as it might have initially sounded. Keeping oneself active is one of the great benefits of getting involved in volunteering and charity at an older age, just as important as the potential social connections that can be made.

There is no doubt that a lot of our seniors have problems with isolation and coping with their current capability. Whether you’re concerned for yourself or an older loved one, you can start acting to help them find much more happiness, confidence, and independence for years to come.

 

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I've worked as an Occupational Therapist for many years dealing with physical and mental health patients, both in hospitals and the community. Living a healthy, well balanced life with a good diet, regular exercise and a taking a positive outlook are crucial to becoming a very well being indeed - sometimes easier said than done!

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