Living a life of intention or having a purpose in life, especially as you age, is integral to healthy living and longevity. Many studies have shown that aging with purpose can provide protection against Alzheimer’s disease, disabilities, cardiovascular problems, and impairment, and lead to longer, happier lives.
When we’re younger, it’s easier to find meaning because our lives are full of activities, social engagement, and big dreams. Many of us spend time raising children, building careers, and then caring for our parents. But as we age, our lives slow down. Separation from family and friends, failing health, and fewer opportunities for engagement make it more difficult to maintain purpose in our lives. Many older adults begin searching for new ways to find meaning in their lives. This is a normal and healthy process to go through.
The recent pandemic has shown us all how important social interaction is for our well-being. Pre-pandemic, older adults could see their children and grandchildren, visit friends and neighbors, and volunteer in their communities. The pandemic left many seniors feeling isolated and they struggled with finding their purpose in life. Now, with pandemic restrictions lifted, seniors are more eager than ever to reclaim a sense of meaning. But how does someone maintain a sense of purpose or discover new direction as they age?
Psychology Today talks about 9 paths to consider (we touch upon 7) for enjoying life. These activities to help you find your purpose are good for everyone to focus on each day, but are especially important as you age:
At Maplewood Senior Living, we cultivate a lifestyle based on a heart-led philosophy of vibrant intentional living. We offer lifestyle programming, both inside and outside our communities, and we integrate the Maplewood Elements, nine essential building blocks into the daily lives of our residents. Contact us today to schedule a tour and learn more about our lifestyle and care programs.
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