May 10, 2024

Thrive with Proactive Aging

Category: Health & Wellness

Author: Erika Dutkanych, 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 Director of Wellness at The Summit at Chenal Valley Senior Living, I advocate for active aging through social engagements. Participating in social activities reduces loneliness, offers emotional support, and fosters overall well-being. Another proactive aging strategy involves exercising both the mind and body. Physical activity mitigates many age-related ailments, while mental stimulation combats confusion and slows aging progression.

An older man in a cowboy hat, sitting on a chair. A senior living resident enjoying a moment of relaxation.

Enhancing Health with Stress Management and Preventive Care

Maintaining a healthy sleep routine reduces stress and anxiety. Engaging in hobbies also aids stress management by providing purpose, promoting mindfulness, facilitating flow, offering distraction, and encouraging social interaction.

Effective stress and anxiety management is crucial for maintaining health as we age. These conditions can lead to cardiovascular issues, digestive problems, muscle tension, sleep disturbances, and weakened immune function. They’re also linked to mental health issues and cognitive decline.

Many people avoid preventive care due to fear or financial concerns. Our aging population often grew up seeking healthcare only when sick, lacking familiarity with preventive measures.

An elderly woman with a cane stands confidently in the restaurant dining area, showcasing the independence of a senior living resident.

Participating in preventive healthcare can prevent long-term illnesses and reduce complications from chronic conditions like diabetes. It’s known to enhance health outcomes and overall well-being.

To promote a proactive approach, we lead by example, offer educational resources and support, and assist in setting and celebrating goals.

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 Summit Senior Living in Little Rock, AR 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 St. Vincent’s Infirmiry with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Chenal Country Club, The Promenade Outlets, Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, and Big Damn Bridge.

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