5 Things You Can Do to Prepare to ‘Age Well’

Are you worried about growing old? Do you wonder whether you will age gracefully? You may think things like this are out of your control. However, the good news is that aging well is possible—and you have control over it.

Of course, maintaining good health and seeing a specialist are both essential. However, that’s not the only way to age well. A significant part of the aging process includes stress and worry. You could also suffer from depression and anxiety—which will lead to poor aging. A great option is to target both your emotional and physical health. Are you confused about how to do this? Read on for some tips.

Keep yourself healthy and active.

Staying in good health sounds obvious. However, many people don’t focus enough on their health when they’re young. It’s essential to be proactive about potential health issues. The best part about this is that it will help you age well. Start with small decisions, sooner rather than later. Avoid any unhealthy food, get some exercise, and increase your supplement intake.

It’s also essential to get the right treatment options for any medical issues. People often delay treatment for pain in their joints or a sports injury. And, you may think small or musculoskeletal system problems are not urgent. However, it’s best to see a specialist and get a proper diagnosis. For example, with an orthopedic condition, don’t delay your orthopedic treatments. You may not need an orthopedic surgeon. However, you still need an orthopedic team to help you figure out the best option.

Things like joint pain start small but get worse with age. You can visit a physical therapist, or learn physical therapy moves at home. The recovery process is quicker when you’re young. Remember, good orthopedic care will prevent other issues with your entire body as you age. Your best option is to follow this advice for all health issues.

Plan for a secure future.

Where will you live when you are old? Can you afford to maintain the same kind of lifestyle? What will you do if you can no longer care for yourself? Ask yourself these questions now, so you don’t have to worry about them as you age. A great option is to make a list of every possible future scenario. Maintain a folder of your documents, property papers, and finances. Cross things off as you make plans for them to keep everything organized.

You may be able to cook and clean for yourself now—but will you always be able to? Think about housing options, budget for meal services, housekeeping, and emergency services. Remember to share this with friends and family. This way, if you’re incapacitated, they can carry out your wishes for you.

Capture and preserve your memories.

Not everyone is at risk of Alzheimer’s or dementia as they age. However, memory loss is a normal part of the aging process. You can also start to get nostalgic, lonely, and depressed. To age healthily and happily, make sure you preserve your memories. It doesn’t seem as important as taking care of your health, but it’s all connected. After all, don’t you enjoy looking back at childhood photos as an adult? Get a professional photographer to capture the special moments in your life. Make sure you store image files and video files securely, so they last well into old age.

These days, there are many ways to do this. Ditch the old-school photo book and think of digital options like a hard drive. Remember, most professional image files will be raw files. So, you need lots of space to preserve the original image file. You can get an external hard drive, a free version of cloud storage, or use a photo storage site. Nothing has unlimited storage, so remember to choose wisely. Your best option is to get online photo storage. You can upload pictures here from a camera, mobile app, or your external hard drive. This way, you can have a family vault of memories to look back on as you age.

Write down all your last wishes.

Often called advanced care directives, this is a crucial step. To age well, you have to ensure you’re well-prepared. Everything from a living will to health care proxy helps you plan for this. Get all essential documents notarized. Ask a financial advisor to sort through your finances with you.

Remember, emotional distress and chronic stress can speed up aging. And, it can make aging a more arduous process. To prevent this, prepare, plan, and budget for the future. If you do this and stay healthy, you’re all set for a smooth ride into life as a senior citizen.

Stay connected to people.

Isolation and loneliness are a problem for older adults. Remember to maintain connections throughout your life to avoid this. It can be easy to lose contact with people amidst the daily grind. And, with families and financial responsibilities, you can lose touch with old friends.

Try to keep yourself as connected as possible despite all this. The best way to meet new people is to volunteer at a local charity. Join social clubs for adults, or reconnect with old friends on social media. Stay connected online if you can no longer meet in person. Build a secure support system for peace of mind, which will help you age well.

Daniel Kruger

    Daniel Kruger

    A senior academic researcher, reviewer, and editor, Daniel Kruger is also an internationally accredited psychotherapist. He earned his PhD in Psychological Counseling and Guidance, and in the years since, he has taught in the Department of Psychological Counseling and Guidance himself.He has also authored papers that have gone on to appear in such world-renowned journals as the European Journal of Psychological Assessment, Psychological Reports, the Scandinavian Journal of Psychology. Asia Pacific Psychiatry, and Computers in Human Behaviour.