On April 17th 2014, the author of the book Caregiving for the Genius will be speaking at Olinger Highland Reception Center, about living well as you age. The fact is, just because you might be able to live well into your 80s in this day and age, doesn't always mean you will be enjoying your later years as well as you were in your 50s and 60s.
Medical technology and knowledge of the human body and what is healthy for us, has made huge leaps and bounds over the last century, and you are here to enjoy even more years with your loved ones. Medicines that will help lower your blood pressure and prevent strokes and heart attacks are readily available, as well as information regarding what foods you should eat, and what types of exercises you should be doing to stay healthy. All of these things contribute to how long you can live.
These things don't always contribute to how well you can live as you age, and this is what Ms. Barton is coming to speak on. Your body might be in good working order, but are you happy to be here? You might be able to walk just fine, but you might be tired all the time, or you might have a diffecult time getting out of bed in the morning.
Living well into your 80s definitely isn't a bad thing, but you should be able to feel grateful that you can spend more time with your children and grandchildren, or enjoying the simple pleasures of life. Ms. Barton might be able to help you recognize what you could do in your life to put more life into your years, as well as adding more years to your life.
One major thing you should do to add more to your life as you age, is to spend as much time as possible with people who make you happy. Not just your family, but friends who are close to your age as well. Blood is thicker than water, but water is much more refreshing!
Spend time with people you can relate to and expand your social circle. Adding happiness, new friends and excitement to your life will help relieve stress. Stress is harmful to your physical and mental health, and the less stress you have, the better you will feel as you age.
Another big way to relieve stress is to have a pet to care for. If you are allergic to animals, or if you aren't an animal, completely disregard this advice! It's also important to try to get an animal that is as low maintenance as possible.
You can't have a high energy young dog, or a feisty cat that likes to tear up furniture or urinate on the carpet. If that's the case, you will have more stress than before, and you can't have that. An older animal will be a great companion for an aging human, but not too old, as you will end up getting attached to them, and they won't live much longer after that.
Feel free to check it out from 9 to 11 am at Olinger Highland Reception Hall, for more advice. Here is a link to the online flier: http://www.seniorsresourceguide.com/directories/Denver/pdf/making_the_tu...