May 10, 2024

Thrive with Proactive Aging

Category: Health & Wellness

Author: Cindi Kirchenbauer, Director of Wellness

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.

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As the Director of Wellness at Hudson Grande Senior Living. I prioritize proactive aging by ensuring residents have access to hearing aids for the hard-of-hearing. Also, fostering an environment where residents are alert, oriented, and aware of their limitations and needs.

Managing stress and anxiety involves practicing deep breathing exercises, engaging in enjoyable activities, regular exercise, and maintaining adequate sleep.

However, stress and anxiety, if left unmanaged, can increase the risk of:

  • heart disease
  • high blood pressure
  • stroke
  • weight gain
  • cognitive decline

Barriers to maintaining preventive care may include financial constraints, lack of a primary care doctor, and insufficient awareness about the importance of preventive services. The benefits of preventive care include reducing the risk of diseases, disabilities, and mortality.

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Lastly, encouraging proactive thinking involves clearly defining expectations, delegating responsibilities, and empowering individuals to take charge of their health and well-being.

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.

Hudson Grande Senior Living in Hudson, OH offers 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 Summa Health Systems with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Ellsworth Meadows Golf Club, Hudson First and Main, Hudson Springs Park, Hudson Historic District, Gazebo & Green, and the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame.

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