Living Agelessly in 2024

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‘Tis the season for resolutions. Instead of focussing on losing a few pounds or getting more exercise, consider something more significant—developing an ageless life. Chat about the following questions with friends and family while you’re toasting the new year.

What is something you’ve always dreamt of doing?
Nurturing your dreams might be the fountain of youth! Envisioning yourself going skydiving is fantastic, but there’s also value in accessible goals like taking a pottery class, adopting a cat, or attending a class reunion. Picturing your future with positivity helps shape how you live every day.

PRO TIP: Don’t keep your dreams to yourself. Talking about your dreams may help turn them into realities.

Do you need to change your mind about something?
Einstein said, ‘The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.’ Changing your mind opens the door to new experiences, healthy relationships, and a range of possibilities. It may be time to reconsider your opinion on sushi, musical theatre, or retirement living!

PRO TIP: Learn from yourself. Review when you last changed your mind about something. What led to that circumstance, and what were the results?

What do you do that gives you a sense of purpose?
Many seniors struggle to find purpose after retirement or when their children leave the nest. When you cultivate purpose, you increase your overall happiness and avoid becoming bored and listless.

PRO TIP: A part-time job, a volunteer position, or actively giving back to your community can put you on the fast track to ageless living.

Are you engaging in all the dimensions of wellness?
The International Council of Active Aging identifies seven dimensions of wellness essential for health and well-being: Intellectual, Physical, Social, Spiritual, Vocational, Emotional and Environmental. Making small changes to address each area can have an impact on your experience of aging.

PRO TIP: Discover more about the ICAA’s seven dimensions of wellness.

Is there something from the past that you need to leave behind?
It’s easy to get stuck re-living either painful or beautiful memories. Learning to stay present in the moment can reduce the risk of depression and cognitive decline and improve your relationships. Practicing mindfulness could rejuvenate you.

PRO TIP: Discover simple mindfulness practices and begin to practice them.

You may be getting older, but you don’t need to get old. Stepping into a new year offers an opportunity to take simple steps to live agelessly.

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