May 10, 2024

Thrive with Proactive Aging

Category: Health & Wellness

Author: Tay Lawler-Thomas, 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 Kentridge Senior Living. I actively promote proactive aging through regular exercise, aiming for at least 30 minutes of activity daily, making healthy dietary choices, and scheduling regular visits with your primary care physician. Additionally, I emphasize the importance of prioritizing mental health alongside physical well-being for overall healthy living.

Managing stress and anxiety involves practices such as meditation and listening to music, which provide moments of calm and relaxation. Implementing breathing techniques can also aid in stress management. Neglecting stress and anxiety can have detrimental effects on both mental and physical health, potentially leading to conditions like hypertension, stroke, and diabetes.

Barriers to preventive care may include:

  • financial constraints
  • insurance issues
  • transportation limitations
  • lack of awareness about available resources
Elderly man in chair with beach ball, enjoying indoor beach volleyball at senior living community.

The benefits of preventive care are significant. They include early detection and prevention of diseases or disabilities, leading to improved quality of life and reduced healthcare costs over time.

A woman in a chair, getting her blood pressure checked by another woman. Wellness Wednesday check-ups for community residents' vitals.

Leading by Example in Health and Well-being

To encourage proactive thinking, we lead by example and acknowledge that setbacks are a natural part of the process. By recognizing and praising consistency in proactive habits, we motivate others to prioritize their health and well-being.

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 KentRidge Senior Living in Kent, OH 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 University Hospital Portage Medical Center with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Sunny Hill Golf & Recreation Inc, Stow-Kent Shopping Center, Kent State Univeristy Museum, The Portage Hike & Bike Trail, and Mad Cap Brewing Company.

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