Keeping Engaged

Resilience: The Key to Contentment at Any Age

Perhaps we can apply the adage “to live well is to change often” to “to age well is to become more resilient”. Resilience, defined as the ability to adapt to changing situations and demands, is a skill that a person is never too young to learn or too old to practice. Resilience can serve us well as we dodge and weave our way through life with its various challenges and setbacks. And according to experts on aging, the resiliency with which we navigate life’s curveballs determines how well we age and how satisfied we can be later in life. 

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Engaging Older Adults in the Most Meaningful Way

May is Older American Month, a time to celebrate the contributions of older adults to our society. And what better way to demonstrate the vital role that older adults have in our community than to engage them in meaningful activities where the gift of their time makes an impact.

Engaging older adults in volunteering benefits our community and the volunteer at the same time: a new study shows that people with a strong sense of purpose in life have a 23 percent lower risk of death from all causes and a 19 percent reduced risk of having a stroke, heart attack or the need for coronary bypass surgery or cardiac stenting.

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Loneliness Is a Serious Health Risk for Seniors

Scientists have found that a long-term feeling of extreme loneliness can be deadlier for older people than being severely overweight.

Researchers from the University of Chicago have demonstrated that extreme loneliness and feelings of isolation can be twice as unhealthy as obesity for older people. The scientists tracked more than 2,000 people aged 50 and over for more than six years. Compared with the average person in the study, those who reported being lonely had a 14 percent greater risk of dying.

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The Power of Purpose after Retirement

The Power of Purpose after Retirement

Many people choose the beginning of the year to retire. Sounds great, right? But it comes with a risk.  Did you know that the year you retire, you are three times more likely to die than during your last year of work? According to Dan Buettner, author of The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest , “to power through that relatively dangerous year, learning what your purpose is and doing it is crucial.” Especially if you can find a group of kindred souls to stay connected with – otherwise you can feel isolated, which has a serious effect on both mental and physical health.

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