How to Embrace Aging

Healthy senior couple walking on the beach

“Aging is a gift that should never be taken for granted.” – Dr. Robert Dean, founder of AROmotion.

As the average life expectancy in the United States continues to increase, more people are changing the way they think about aging. While some continue to struggle with the natural changes that come with aging, others are beginning to embrace aging and seeking out ways to live their best lives while maintaining optimal health. AROmotion’s founder, Dr. Robert Dean, has often talked about the importance of healthy aging and shifting the mindset around it in a youth-obsessed culture. In this article, we share his top tips for embracing the gift that is aging.

“I hear from a lot of my patients who are struggling with the mental and emotional aspects of aging,” says Dr. Dean. “It’s difficult to accept that the years of eating whatever we want and doing whatever we want without aches and pains are behind us. But, instead of dwelling on that loss, I always encourage my patients to embrace aging because it truly is a gift to have more time to enjoy life and our loved ones.”

When it comes to healthy aging, Dr. Dean believes there’s an important balance between physical and mental wellbeing.

“I’ve talked and written extensively about the importance of physical health as we age,” he says. “A big part of that is staying active while listening to your body to avoid injury or strain on your joints. Then, it’s equally important to nurture your mental health through aging because your internal outlook plays a huge role in your overall health and wellbeing.”

So, what does Dr. Dean tell his patients who are struggling with the mental and emotional aspects of getting older? Here are his top tips for embracing aging:

Practice Gratitude. Not everyone has the good fortune to live a long and happy life, so practicing gratitude for your life, health, and happiness each day is vital when it comes to shifting your mindset about growing older.

Acknowledge Your Wisdom. There’s a reason for the saying “youth is wasted on the young”! When we are younger, we may have more physical stamina but we lack the wisdom that comes with age and experience. With this wisdom comes better balance and inner peace that makes life even more enjoyable.

Love What You See In the Mirror. Do you ever look in the mirror and feel a bit shocked when you don’t see a 25-year-old you looking back? This is a dangerous cycle! When you look in the mirror and see your wrinkles and other signs of aging, try thinking about how you look and feel in the present moment.

Stay Sharp. Keeping your mind active is just as important as movement, especially as we age. Studies have shown that challenging your mind with activities like puzzles, sudoku, or games with your family, can help keep your mind and memory sharp.

Savor Self-Care. One of the perks of being older is being able to slow down and enjoy the little things. Now is the time to savor this shift and really enjoy your self-care activities. Plus, practicing daily self-care can help curb stress and anxiety which can create serious health complications for older people.

“We are seeing a significant shift in how our society perceives aging as the Boomer generation becomes senior citizens and their kids approach middle age,” says Dean. “These people are staying fit, active, mentally sharp, and investing in enjoying every aspect of life as they age. My hope is that this trend will continue so that the stigma is eventually gone.”

If you are living with chronic knee, hip, or shoulder pain that’s preventing you from enjoying life as you age, you can complete the form below to request your free consultation with Dr. Dean to see if you are a candidate for AROmotion which has helped more than 2,000 patients stop their joint pain fast without surgery.