What do seniors think about, do with their time and worry about? The answer may surprise you, and it’s not what you may think!
Facts about growing older that seniors want you to know
1. SENIORS AREN’T AS FRAIL OR INCAPABLE AS YOU THINK THEY ARE
Older adults are more active than ever before. From daily walks, laps in the pool and 5-mile hikes, your grandparents are likely putting younger generations to shame. Americans are living longer, and seniors want to take care of their health and be active for as long as possible.
Older adults are living independently well into their seventies and eighties, and are capable of doing as much (if not more) than middle-aged populations.
“Frail and Incompetent” - This stereotype is busted!
2. THEY GET ANGRY WHEN THEY’RE BELITTLED OR DISRESPECTED
Ageism is a hot topic these days. No one wants to feel discriminated against for any reason, and seniors don’t appreciate the false assumption that they’re all the same.
As long as our society values youth and physical beauty as the most meaningful human attribute, there will always be some people who look down upon the elderly.
What can we do to break down erroneous beliefs and misconceptions? It’s simple. Have more conversations with older adults.
Don’t jump on the bandwagon and believe everything you’ve heard about seniors. The next time you end up sitting next to an older adult on the bus or your local cafe, strike up a meaningful discussion and learn what really makes him tick.
You’ll begin to understand ageism through the eyes of an older person and see for yourself that seniors can’t be confined to any label or box.
3. OLDER ADULTS OFTEN LEAD EXCITING LIVES
Tango much? Seniors do!
They also take scuba lessons, go horseback riding and live by the motto, “live life to the fullest.”
Sure, there are physical limitations of the aging body, but older adults often feel “a new lease on life” and inspired to live to the absolute fullest with their remaining years.
There is time to be creative, learn a new hobby and discover new passions. Additionally, with age, there’s gratitude for the insignificant details in life. Gratefulness for small and trivial things creates a sense of personal fulfillment and inner joy that younger generations generally don’t understand or appreciate.
4. PARENTS WORRY ABOUT THEIR CHILDREN FOREVER
You may be forty years old, have a successful career and happy home, but mama is still going to worry about you!
Your parents may not call you twice a day to find out how a stressful meeting or unexpected health scare turned out, but they’re thinking about it!
Parents respect that you're a grown up and entitled to make decisions for yourself. The dad who “oversteps” or the mom who’s “invasive and intrusive” are words that every parent dreads hearing from their grown children.
Don’t mistake fewer phone calls or inquiries into your personal life as a lack of concern. This is your parent's way of saying that they respect you as an adult who can find solutions independently.
5. SENIORS WORRY ABOUT OTHER THINGS TOO
Things that mattered thirty years ago don't matter as much in later life. With age, you tend to let go of attachments, and a byproduct of that is less fear and worry.
This is not to say that older adults don’t worry at all - they do. Seniors often wonder if they lived life to the fullest, loved their children enough or if declining health will worsen or improve.
There is immense comfort in seeing yourself as part of something that will go on after you die. For some seniors, children provide a sense of fulfillment and purpose. For others, religion and spirituality provide an inner calmness that sends a clear message - “It’s going to be okay after I’m gone.”
No matter where you are in life, Landmark Senior Living is here to make the process of growing older less worrisome and stressful. In the business of helping seniors for more than 30 years - our mission is to provide the best care in thriving communities that foster meaningful relationships for the rest of your life.
If you or someone you love has questions about senior living, call one of our dedicated representatives today and take the first step towards a fuss-free retirement that’s full of joy and enriching opportunities.