As we age, it’s easy to feel like we’re unable to do all the things we used to. While sometimes that may be true, it’s important to pivot and shift focus on the things we can do. If tackling daily tasks on your own is difficult, that’s ok! When it comes to maintaining independence, there are a variety of ways to implement control in your life.
Stay Active Physically and Mentally
Exercising your body and mind is imperative when it comes to maintaining independence. The wonderful part about this is that you get to choose the activity you want to do! For example, when deciding what movement brings you joy, look for ones that are low impact like yoga, swimming, or a leisurely stroll with a friend. As for keeping your mind active, do you prefer word searches? Sudokus? Puzzles? These all get you thinking and have the ability to include a partner or two!
Find Joy in the Ordinary
Maintaining independence doesn’t require anything grand, it can be found in the simplest of tasks. If you’re able to, make your favorite snack, fold your laundry, or even help make the grocery list.
Friendships and relationships are important for any age. Take time to continue to nurture these by calling and spending time together. Find activities you both enjoy and set a date! Whether that is attending a community event or doing a puzzle over coffee, you’ll not only find independence but a strengthened bond.
Keep Your Home Safe
A big key to independence is to set your home up in a safe and functional way for you. Ask for help when it comes to making adjustments like adding railings and removing any tripping hazards.
Whether they are big or small, there are plenty of ways to remain independent. Did your favorite ways make the list?
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