As we grow older new challenges present themselves. Although, these difficulties should not outweigh the brilliant parts of growing older.
The Best Factors of Growing Old
Aging comes with decades of experience and wisdom, along with many other great things, such as:
A Positive Perspective
Seniors are shown to be the happiest group of people compared to their younger counterparts. Their happiness level is significantly greater than those in their middle-age.
Older people have a lifetime of experience to learn better coping abilities. Thus their tendency to have internal mechanisms to deal better with negative experiences than younger people. Also, seniors could be happier due to being more comfortable with themselves.
The joy of grandchildren bring so much happiness to grandparents lives. They get to experience all the wonderful time with little children without the responsibility of sleepless nights and diaper changes. The love grandparents have for their grandchildren is extremely strong, adding love and happiness to both of their lives.
Studies show the importance of the relationship between children and their grandparents. Children need to have four to six caring adults in their lives to develop emotionally and socially. The relationship a child has with their grandparent is the second important after their own parents.
More Time for Family
Retirement allows for more time to be spent with family and friends. Sharing time with family can bring great satisfaction in life.
Follow Your Dreams
The extra time that retirement provides can make an opportunity for pursuing your dreams and passions that were on hold. It’s never too late to begin something that you always dreamed of. Now is the time to learn a new language, go on a trip you always dreamed of, or write the novel you have continually thought of.
Make it Count with Volunteering
Aging provides a more expansive perspective on life, making people focus on what impact they have left on the world. With more focus on their efforts people seniors put energy towards bettering society and creating a better world for future generations.
Along with more time for loved ones and pursuing passions, there is time for becoming more civically and politically involved. People over the age of 65 are the highest age group to take part in voting. In addition, one in four seniors over the age of 65 actively volunteer.
Seniors have the best control over their emotions compared to other age groups. Aging brings emotional and intellectual benefits. For example, a group of all ages took part in a gambling game. The one’s in their 20’s were upset over their losses, while the older adults didn’t agonize over losing.
Higher empathy and Increased Social Skills
People who are 60+ are better at having different perspectives on difficult situations. They can provide multiple resolutions or compromises to a problem. Overall, they have superior empathetic and social abilities to their younger counterparts. Although, seniors social skills can be greater, they can have a difficult time overcoming loneliness.
Sense of Achievement
A sense of pride is often present in seniors because they are satisfied with their accomplishments in life. A sense of contentment can come from raising a happy and healthy child, retiring from a good job, or still being happily married. They don’t need to be great feats to feel good about what you’ve done in your life.
The Victorian Assisted Living and Retirement Community
The Victorian is an assisted living and retirement community that makes living independently, while at the same time feeling safe and secure, a reality. We strive to provide the best quality of life for all residents including those suffering from loneliness and depression.
We offer a comprehensive activity program that includes both physical and social activities to encourage emotional wellbeing. Our staff is trained to assist those with depression. If you or a loved one are considering assisted living, contact The Victorian today to learn more about our services or tour our community.