January 5, 2019
A quick Google search for the word “aging” produces topics such as “coping with aging,” “what you can do about aging,” and even “the cure to aging.” The unfavorable connotations to aging are, unfortunately, so embedded within our society that it is predicted that by 2021, we’ll be purchasing over $300 billion in anti-aging services and products.
Although it’s very easy to get caught up in the challenges that could be realized in aging – health problems, the death of loved ones and close friends, and cognitive issues – what’s getting lost in the shuffle are the wonderful benefits of aging. Consider, for example:
- A recent study by Stony Brook University announced that senior loved ones are happier generally, with reportedly declining feelings of frustration and anxiety in later years.
- Socialization and conflict resolution skills are improved in old age, in accordance with research performed by the University of Michigan.
- In a game targeted to induce and analyze regret, seniors outperformed their younger counterparts in their power to cope with emotions.
- And according to Cornell sociologist Karl Pillemer who interviewed 1,200 elderly people, the general opinion was that the last 5 or 10 years were indeed the most memorable of their lives. “Many people said something along these lines: ‘I wish I’d learned to enjoy life on a daily basis and enjoy the moment when I was in my 30s instead of my 60s,’” Pillemer shares.
Not only that, but retired adults are able to investigate and realize interests and skills minus the time demands of younger, employed adults, which often can bring about a revitalized enjoyment for life, new social ties, and enhanced bonds with existing friends and family.
Continuum, providing home care services in St. Louis, MO and the surrounding area, helps identify the positives of aging in lots of ways. Rather than merely coming in and carrying out chores that a senior loved one can no longer complete, we identify the person’s particular strengths, empowering her or him to engage in new pursuits with the support of a pleasant caregiver.
Whether it’s studying a new skill or language, taking a trip to a long-desired destination, deciding to get physically healthier, or whatever a senior’s goal, we’re on hand to offer motivation, transportation and accompaniment, and a number of other services to help older adults flourish and live life to the fullest.
Help your senior loved one dream of and achieve new aspirations! Get in touch with the home care professionals at Continuum by phoning (314) 863-9912 or (636) 861-3336. Ask about our award-winning private home care in St. Louis, MO and set up a consultation today.