May 10, 2024

Thrive with Proactive Aging

Category: Health & Wellness

Author: Christy Kay, Regional Director of Wellness

Across the world, people are living longer than ever before. However, according to the World Health Organization, “evidence suggests the proportion of life in good health has remained broadly constant, implying that the additional years are in poor health.” Taking a proactive approach to aging can help us live full, energetic, and healthy lives no matter how many years we have lived.

As the Regional Director of Wellness for The Rushwood Senior Living, I believe in actively promoting healthy aging. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle helps us stay resilient as we age and may even stave off age-related diseases.

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Overcoming Barriers to Stress Management and Preventive Health

Examples of proactive aging include:

  • engaging in regular exercise
  • adopting a nutritious diet
  • participating in brain-stimulating activities
  • effectively managing stress

To manage stress and anxiety, one can incorporate activities such as exercise, self-care practices, or pursuing enjoyable hobbies that facilitate relaxation. Stress and anxiety, if left unchecked, can detrimentally affect both mental and physical well-being. This potentially leads to conditions like high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, and depression.

Numerous obstacles hinder individuals from adhering to preventive healthcare measures, including financial constraints, distrust of the healthcare system, hectic schedules, limited healthcare access, and ignorance regarding the significance of preventive care.

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Embracing preventive care yields numerous advantages, including:

  • an extended and healthier lifespan
  • financial savings over time
  • enhanced quality of life

The most effective approach to fostering proactive thinking among others is through education and raising awareness about the importance of preventive measures.

It is never too late to invest in your health. Taking control of our well-being can be the difference between surviving and thriving, the difference between extra years of truly living and extra years in decline. Make your years count. Approach aging proactively and use those extra years to get another degree, take up a new hobby, break a record, or explore opportunities you never thought you would get to experience.

World Health Organization: Aging and Health, click here to read the full article.

The Rushwood Senior Living in Wichita, KS offers independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near Wesley Woodlawn Hospital & ER with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Terradyne Country Club, Bradley Fair, Greenwich Place, Botanica Gardens, Great Plains Nature Center, Tanganyika Wildlife Park, Keeper of the Plains, and World Treasures Museum.

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