Well, it’s that time of year for New Year’s Resolutions and taking charge of your life.
And yes, even on their 70’s and 80’s most senior would prefer to be independent and take charge of their lives.
But with physical and financial struggles, it might be rough for some of our readers to feel that they are in control of their lives and positively affect a change in their position for the better.
I could not disagree more.
This past October, when I was at the Aging-In-Exurbia Summit at Stony Brook University, the overriding theme was that seniors wanted to be viewed as part of the betterment of society, that they wanted society to focus on the economic, social and intellectual capital of seniors.
So with that in mind, I am going to talk about the way, I feel, that seniors can take control of their lives and get the New Year off to a great start.
Take control of your health.
Yes, I completely realize that this is THE New Years Resolution, and that 95% of us will break that Resolution by January 15th, but I am asking you to be different.
For a few reasons…
1) The most effective way to age-in-place is to stay in shape, so you can continue to be independent as time goes on.
2) One of the biggest costs for seniors in retirement is their prescription drug costs. But the healthier you are the more likely you are to reduce or eliminate your costs to Big Pharma.
Don’t take my word for it. Just follow the example of Constance Tillet who took up Crossfit at 77 years old!
She dropped 50 lbs on 10 months and went from taking 60 pills a day to a few.
How much money do you think she saved monthly?
That article doesn’t say, but I am sure it was in the hundreds, perhaps thousands, of dollars a month.
So, we all have our marching orders. Time to hit the reset button, get rid of past failures and move ahead to take control of our health.