You’re not as young as you used to be. But you’re not as old as you’re going to be. So you may as well go ahead and plan how you are going to age. Maybe you thought growing old was something beyond your control—“it just happens if you live long enough!”—but the truth is, you have a say in how you age. You can watch yourself grow old or you can be intentional and age well.
Experts say there are four areas of your life you should focus on if you want to influence the way you age: health, autonomy, security, and happiness.
Decide what to age well mean…
If you are dreading the golden years, or if you have embarked already on this odyssey but need some inspiration to guide you, then here are five tips for aging happily and adjusting your outlook about aging to one of health, vitality and continuous growth.
Age at home, if you can
Thirty-seven years ago, Rick, a general contractor now 72, and Linda, an interior designer now 71, moved from Simi Valley in California to Auburn Hills, Michigan. Rick and Linda wanted a new environment that would support their well-being. They carefully selected their home because they knew it w…