The True Fountain of Youth
As we get older our lives change and our priorities shift, and throughout these years staying active often gets shuffled into the background. I cannot begin to tell you how many times I have heard the phrase, “I’m getting too old for this.” But I am here to tell you that it simply isn’t true. Keeping busy serves as a Fountain of Youth, and as we age, tapping that fountain becomes increasingly important.
Staying active makes our minds more alert, it keeps our bodies in better health, and it keeps our hearts and souls happier. And, we all know the happier we are, the younger we feel. I have many friends who were once skeptical of my Fountain of Youth theory; however, once they began taking a more active role in things going on around them, they experienced a complete change of heart.
Fortunately, many communities holds hundreds of options for activities catering toward people of all ages, and many are particularly popular among seniors. Bingo, book clubs, church groups, charity volunteering, gardening clubs, dance classes, mall walking groups and serving as tutors for children are all activities that promote social interaction and can keep participants engaged. They also are free or low cost alternatives. For those who don’t crave company, yet still need to keep moving, taking a walk and even joining a local fitness center are options to consider.
Now, I know there are those who may shun various activities simply because they are shy. But shyness doesn’t have to equate to loneliness. Finding even one friend or companion with similar interests can really help to ease the discomfort of venturing out to experience new things.
It is a proven fact that staying active is the key to a healthier and happier life. And it’s just as relevant in our golden years as it is for toddlers and teenagers. We need to get out there and show the world that we have discovered our own personal Fountains of Youth.
Ann Bannes is the vice president of St. Andrew’s Senior Solutions.