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Maintaining A Positive Attitude

The way you feel about yourself and the ageing process can affect how  you view life and the extent to which you are involved in activities and the opportunities life offers.

If you can make choices and have control over important aspects of your life, and take part in and enjoy activities, you are more likely to feel good about yourself and get more out of life.

Keeping Your Brain Active

Keeping the brain active, alert and flexible can promote good mental health and positive ageing throughout the lifespan.

Having an active mind can be as simple as reading a book, learning a new hobby or problem solving (e.g. doing crosswords). Learning new skills is exercise for the brain and makes it work a little harder. 

Engage in Physical Activity

Regular physical activity is vital for improved health and wellbeing. It is never too late to get moving - the human body responds to exercise, regardless of age. Exercise is a great way to maintain good health, helps you thinking positively, recover from illness and reduce the risk of disease. It has been demonstrated that physical fitness is more important than weight loss.

Strength training is especially beneficial. It can help to build and maintain healthy bones, muscles and joints, which in turn will increase physical strength, and improve balance and mobility.

Taking part in leisure activities that you find interesting and suitable for your level of physical functioning is an effective way of becoming more active. People should undertake at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise, such as walking, every day.

Physical activity can also provide social interaction through being outdoors, engaging with others, or by becoming a member of an activity program or club.

It is important to remember that as you age, your physical capabilities are likely to change. Seeking guidance from a health professional before engaging in strenuous activity can reduce any risks involved.

Stress is a natural part of life. While a little stress can be beneficial, when things become too much and usual methods of coping fail, stress may become unhealthy.

The symptoms of stress vary greatly among different individuals. High levels of stress can produce emotional, behavioural, and even physical symptoms. In addition to affecting general wellbeing, stress can also impair the immune system and increase the risk of physical and mental health problems.

Significant changes associated with ageing can cause both short term and chronic stress. Stress can be caused by everyday hassles or be a result of difficult relationships, adjusting to retirement, financial concerns or chronic illness.

Keeping as free from stress as possible, and learning how to effectively cope with unavoidable stress, can promote positive ageing in all areas of your life.

Some good ways to manage stress and cope with daily hassles include:

  • Thinking positively. Stay focused on the positives and use strategies that have worked in the past to relieve stress such as problem solving or goal setting.
  • Looking after yourself. Do some physical activity, get quality rest and eat well.
  • Seeking support. Share your thoughts with a friend or family member, they may be able to help you develop coping strategies.
  • Being calm. Take some deep breaths. Use meditation and relaxation techniques to relax your body and clear your mind.

Staying Connected

Social interaction and relationships with others are associated with positive ageing and feeling optimistic about life.

Maintaining social networks through membership of clubs, engaging in voluntary work and keeping in touch with family encourages interaction with others, prevents isolation and promotes good mental health and physical activity. 

Volunteering or seeking part-time employment 
Many older people find part-time employment or voluntary work rewarding and a chance to give something back to the community. Any type of work can help to keep your mind sharp and can provide a social network outside of the home and family. 
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