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Living Life in the Senior Years

2 May, 2019

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After losing her husband, my aunt was on her own. With her kids working and living in different cities, she chose to stay back in her old house and live her life, her way. Last week when I called her, she proudly told me, “You must come and see my garden; it’s blossoming with big red flowers.” Even at 70, she's living her life through the plants she’s grown.

Many people live their last few years in the fear that old age is the end of life. Like it's said, "It's not over till it's over." You should enjoy till you are alive. Here are a few ways to forget that you are old and enjoy life.

Keep your body active

Every day in my colony’s park I see a bunch of old women brisk walking, wearing sneakers with salwar kameez, while their grandchildren play. They don’t let anything become an excuse for not taking care of themselves because they know and you should too, that as you grow old taking care of your body becomes the most critical aspect of life ahead.

To stay healthy, happy and independent - wear your most comfortable sneakers and go for a walk in the park nearby. Even if you walk slow or want to sit on a bench after every 10 minutes; being out around nature and young kids will keep you motivated to do this every day.  

Keep your mind active

One moment you are up and running, and another moment your body is held captive by diseases. Health issues not only affect your body but your brain too. Thoughts like, “This happening to me because I am old.” or “Who will take care of me when I can’t walk?” start coming to your mind. Your mind takes over your body, and you become a host to negative thoughts resulting in depression. That is when it’s most important to keep the mind occupied.

The best remedy is to get hold of your grandchildren and play board games with them. Losing to his grandson and watching him cheat for an extra turn undoubtedly helped my father-in-law forget all his post-surgery anxiety. There are even games that you can play alone like Suduko or crosswords. Give a chance to the child within you to have fun while exercising your brain muscles.

Be socially active

When you are growing old, you often feel left out. You often think that people around you are too busy with their own life; they don’t have time for you. Rather there are many like you out there who want to talk about it or find a friend who can share the same interest.

Get on social media to connect with old friends or join WhatsApp groups of your age. Reaching out to people sailing in the same boat helps you learn from their experiences.

Make your own travel plan

Holidays with family is fun but when it is time for sightseeing or adventure sports you may feel that you fail to catch up with younger ones. Take a holiday with people who share the same idea of a vacation.

Join a group tour that is specially designed for seniors, keeping their needs in mind. Samarth’s Senior tours are thoughtfully designed (both in India and overseas) that takes care of all your travel worries along with a dedicated Care Manager ensuring both care and enjoyment.

Knowing it all is not enough. You may need a regular push to keep going. A young outsider may become a big motivation to accomplish the above. Samarth Care provides young, enthusiastic and compassionate Care Counsellors who offer companionship and trusted family-quality care.

Find out more: Samarth Care - Family quality care for your parents

Written by Mansi Babbar, Samarth Care Counsellor

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