May 10, 2024

Thrive with Proactive Aging

Category: Health & Wellness

Author: Melaine Finefield, Director of Wellness

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Across the world, people are living longer than ever before. However, according to the World Health Organization, “evidence suggests the proportion of life in good health has remained broadly constant, implying that the additional years are in poor health.” Taking a proactive approach to aging can help us live full, energetic, and healthy lives no matter how many years we have lived.

As the Director of Wellness at The Fremont Senior Living, I actively promote proactive aging by encouraging regular exercise, social engagement, and participation in familiar events and tasks, both before and after retirement.

Managing stress and anxiety involves maintaining a routine of regular exercise and fostering open communication about emotions. Stress and anxiety, if left unaddressed, can have adverse effects on health as individuals age, potentially impacting heart health, blood pressure, stroke risk, and cognitive function.

Various barriers, such as physical limitations, lack of transportation, and busy schedules, can hinder individuals from maintaining preventive care habits. The benefits of preventive care include early detection and treatment of chronic illnesses, leading to a longer and healthier life.

To foster proactive thinking, we create an environment of trust and support, offer incentives for healthy behavior choices, and provide challenges to achieve positive outcomes.

It is never too late to invest in your health. Taking control of our well-being can be the difference between surviving and thriving, the difference between extra years of truly living and extra years in decline. Make your years count. Approach aging proactively and use those extra years to get another degree, take up a new hobby, break a record, or explore opportunities you never thought you would get to experience.

World Health Organization: Aging and Health, click here to read the full article.

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The Fremont Senior Living in Springfield, MO offers senior villas, independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near Cox Medical Center South with convenient access to major shopping centers, including Bill and Stewart Golf Course, Horton Smith, River Cut Golf Course, Battlefield Mall, Fantastic Caverns, Springfield Botanical Gardens at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, Wonders of Wildlife National Mueum and Aquarum, and Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield.

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