Senior Housing - A Part of "Aging With No Regrets" for Many
In an earlier blog post, we highlighted a new book - 30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans, authored by Karl Pillemer, the head of Cornell University's Legacy Project, I found this item below interesting from N.Y. Times health columnist Jane Brody in her look at the book.
ON AGING: “Embrace it. Don’t fight it. Growing older is both an attitude and a process,” an 80-year-old man said. The experts’ advice to the young: “Don’t waste your time worrying about getting old.”
Most found that old age vastly exceeded their expectations. Even those with serious chronic illnesses enjoyed a sense of calm and contentment. A 92-year-old who can no longer do many of the things she once enjoyed said: “I think I’m happier now than I’ve ever been in my life. Things that were important to me are no longer important, or not as important.”
Another said, “Each decade, each age, has opportunities that weren’t actually there in the previous time.”
Maintain social contacts. Avoid becoming isolated. When an invitation is issued, say yes. Take steps to stay engaged, and take advantage of opportunities to learn new things. Although many were initially reluctant, those who moved to a senior living community found more freedom to enjoy activities and relationships than they had before.