“Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” – Betty Friedan
In many Western societies, including Canada, aging is seen as something to be avoided and fought. When you pay attention you will see negative stereotypes and perceptions of seniors often portrayed in entertainment, social media, and everyday language.
Our Village Wellness team believes aging is something to be celebrated and enjoyed and has adopted the concept known as “Positive Aging” - sometimes referred to as “Aging Well”, “Aging Gracefully”, or “Successful Aging”. It transforms the traditionally negative perspective to a positive one, and while there is no one definition of Positive Aging, the Positive Psychology Institute describes it best as a feeling and outlook, “the process of maintaining a positive attitude, feeling good about yourself, keeping fit and healthy, and engaging fully in life as you age”.
How can we contribute to our own Positive Aging? Here are some tips:
- Stay Connected to Others
Nurture relationships with spouses, family, friends, neighbors
- Create Positive Emotions
Write lists of gratitude, engage in positive self-talk, do things you enjoy
- Ask for Help
Ask someone to pick up your groceries, have in home help, ask for a ride to an appointment
- Minimize Stress
Engage in prayer or mindfulness, utilize coping mechanisms, take intentional time to relax
- Regular Check-ups
Schedule and attend screenings, tests, and regular appointments
- Set Goals
Write a book, learn to paint, go for a walk every day.
As we get closer to normal, following these tips is easier than ever. We invite you to connect with us to learn how the Village can support you in your positive aging through our village lifestyle.