January 8, 2019 by Dean Bellefeuille

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A simple Google search for the word “aging” produces topics such as “coping with aging,” “what you can do about aging,” as well as “the cure to aging.” The pessimistic connotations to growing older are, sadly, so deep-rooted in our culture that it is expected that by 2021, we will be spending over $300 billion in anti-aging merchandise.

Although it’s not difficult to get caught up in the issues which can be realized in getting older – health concerns, the passing of family and friends, and cognitive issues – what’s becoming lost in the shuffle are the incredible gains of growing older. Consider, for example:

  • A recent report by Stony Brook University identified that older adults are much happier overall, with reportedly declining feelings of anger and anxiety in later years.
  • Socialization and conflict resolution skills are improved in later years, as outlined by research conducted by the University of Michigan.
  •  In a game aimed to stimulate and analyze regret, seniors out performed their younger counterparts with their capability to cope with emotions.
  • And according to Cornell sociologist, Karl Pillemer, who questioned 1,200 older adults, the general opinion was that the last five or 10 years were in fact the happiest of their lives. “Many people said something along these lines: ‘I wish I’d learned to enjoy life on a daily basis and enjoy the moment when I was in my 30s instead of my 60s,’” Pillemer shares.

Not only that, but retired adults have the opportunity to enjoy and pursue hobbies and talents minus the time demands of younger, employed adults, which might result in a revived zeal for life, new social ties, and improved bonds with existing friends and family.

At Home Independent Living helps emphasize the benefits of aging in a variety of ways. Instead of merely coming in and carrying out tasks that a senior loved one can no longer complete, we emphasize the person’s particular strengths, empowering her or him to pursue new passions with the encouragement of a pleasant caregiver.

Whether it’s mastering a new skill or language, taking a trip to a long-desired destination, choosing to get physically healthier, or whatever a senior’s objective, we’re on hand to give inspiration, transportation and accompaniment, and a variety of other services to help your loved one flourish and live life to the fullest.

Help your senior loved one dream of and accomplish brand new aspirations! Contact the Syracuse home care professionals from At Home Independent Living by phoning (315) 579-HOME (4663) and asking about an in-home assessment.