Short of carbon freezing, we are all getting older every day. You know this, of course. There may be aches and pains in places you never knew you had, and your reflection in the mirror may not be as flattering as it once was. Reality hits as you realise you are not going to stay young forever, and common worries will set in. We have listed some of them below, but kind folks that we are, we have also looked at some ways to deal with them. Sadly, this doesn’t include an elixir of life, but if you have invented something, be sure to let us know!
Worry #1: Your finances
Want to have a secure and stable future? Then you need to get your finances on track. Not only will you want to care yourself and your family, but you may need money to cover other expenses, such as care home fees when you hit your senior years. What should you do about it? Well, if your job is low-paid, you may want to rethink your career plans or take on extra work to add to your savings. You should also think about opening a private pension to top up your government pension. Otherwise, you may be forced into working way past retirement, like so many of our senior citizens do currently.
Worry #2: Memory loss
Ever walked into a room and wondered why you went in there in the first place? Popped into the supermarket for a bottle of milk and purchased everything but your daily pint? You may just be forgetful, but age is also a factor. As you get older, there is the risk of your memory declining the more you advance in years, especially with the threat of dementia. To counter memory loss, give your brain a workout. By keeping your mind sharp and active, you stand a better chance at remembering the essential things in life long into your advanced years. Your diet will help too, so don’t forget to stock your food cupboards with brain foods the next time you hit the supermarket.
Worry #3: Health issues
A common fear is that your quality of life will suffer along with your health. Older people can suffer from a range of health conditions, often age-related. However, by taking better care of yourself now, you stand a better chance at avoiding some of these. Regular exercise will protect your joints from arthritis, and eating a healthy diet will protect you from health conditions such as heart disease. By maintaining a healthy lifestyle, you will not only reduce risks to your health, but you have a better chance of prolonging your lifespan too.
Worry #4: Your youthful looks
Time can be cruel, especially where our looks are concerned. We referred to this in the introduction, and sorry to say it, but the mirror doesn’t lie! Still, there are ways to preserve your youthful complexion for longer. Again, a healthy diet is a must, as is an avoidance of those things that are going to age your face ahead of time. Your looks will fade, but this is a fact of life. Maintain a healthy lifestyle, however, and you will age gracefully.
While we all face the inevitability of old age, it’s important to live life to its fullest while we’re here on earth. So, as well as considering the points we have already raised, make the most of every opportunity while you have it, and look for ways to enrich your life. You don’t want to live with regrets, after all. So while you may wrinkle like a prune eventually, you can at least alleviate the worry that you didn’t live life to its utmost while you still had the energy to get around.