We have seen a considerable increase in life expectancy in the space of a couple of generations, which means more people are looking forward to twenty or more years of retired life. Keeping this reality in mind, CareMalta – providers of retirement homes in Malta – believe it is important to explore our attitudes towards growing older and share some tips on ways we can prepare for this phase of our lives and thus, aging positively.
1. Cultivate a positive mindset
In the ageist society we live in, it’s crucial to closely watch our personal inner dialogue about getting older. Having a negative attitude towards ageing is not just an obstacle towards one’s wellbeing. Optimism, on the other hand, has been shown to have a great effect on aging positively, and there are indeed plenty of good things to look forward to in later life.
2. Live a meaningful life
Life after retirement is the time to give up sweating the small stuff and concentrate on what’s truly important, and there’s no deeper happiness than the one that comes from serving a purpose that goes beyond the self. Focus outwards – reach out to others, do voluntary work and whatever gives you a sense of fulfilment!
3. Develop your skills
It is a sad reality that most don’t get the chance to develop their strengths during their working lives; being liberated from that nine-to-five job allows you to focus on activities you truly enjoy.
4. Remain Physically Fit
Remaining as active as possible can help keep older adults robust, which is the key to stopping the ripple effect of physical decline that is linked to poorer cognition and depression in old age.
5. Savour the positives
Express gratitude for what you have gained rather than focusing on what has been lost along the years. Slow down and truly appreciate life’s positives by reminding yourself to be in the here and now and maximise enjoyment of simple and special moments.
6. Step Outside your comfort zone
Research shows that learning new and demanding skills while maintaining an engaged social network are key to staying sharp and fulfilled as we age.
7. Let go
Sure, it’s easier said than done, but one of the best things you could do for yourself is let go of what no longer serves you. Decluttering from people and situations that don’t contribute towards your well-being will give you peace of mind.
Therefore, making simple lifetime adjustments can lead to aging positively and a rewarding, fulfilling stage of our lives. After all, the potential benefits of elderly citizens living a happy life go beyond the individual’s well-being, extending out to their families and communities.
At CareMalta, we offer the best care for the elderly Malta has to offer, providing a holistic service to our residents in all of our elderly homes. So if you’re looking for a retirement home in Malta, contact us for more information on the services we offer.