5 Guaranteed Ways to Ruin Life After 70 (And How to Avoid Them)

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Life After 70 Should Be Amazing

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No more work. The kids and grandkids are living a life of their own. There is finally time to do what you want to do. So, why do so many people struggle with happiness after 70? Sometimes there is an illness or disability that hampers your ability to do the things you’d like to do, but even able-bodied, healthy people can struggle to find meaning in their lives when they get older.

As a senior living organization in Cleveland, we have seen many people struggling to find happiness after 70 and want to highlight some of the most common reasons why. Here are 5 guaranteed ways to RUIN life in your later years – and what you can do to avoid them.


1. Never Exercise.

The benefits of exercise after 70 are numerous. Higher energy, better health, restful sleep, etc. Swimming, yoga, walking, and aerobics are all ways to get moving with low impact on your body. You could feel better and regain a youthful energy if you take part in one or all of these activities. Sounds like a recipe for success.


2. Be alone as much as possible and never make new friends.

You had the same friends for decades, and, sadly, some aren’t here anymore. Some you’ve lost touch with. AARP says that friends are good for your brain and help you keep your mind sharp. The likelihood of depression and even physical health maladies reduces when we have a healthy social life. This can sound a little intimidating, but there are easy ways to make friends as an older adult.


3. Let your brain retire. 

You spent all those years working, isn’t it time to let your brain rest? If you want to make the most out of your 70s, you’ve got to exercise your brain and prioritize your health. How do you do that? Keep your cholesterol low, exercise regularly, eat well, and socialize.


4. Eat like a 20 year old.

Fatty foods, high sugar content, lots of alcohol and caffeine, and heavy dairy–these are the staples of poor nutrition after 70. The National Institute on Aging has tips for healthy meal planning for older adults and stresses how eating healthfully and maintaining an active lifestyle can support your wellness as you age.


5. Never look for a new purpose after you turn 70.

Many older adults make the mistake of living in the past. Focusing on past regrets can cause you to waste precious time in your senior years. Successful, happy people who are over 70 are chasing a new purpose. Whether it’s in church, volunteering, or finding a new hobby – discovering a new way to spend time will change your outlook on life.


Life Doesn’t End at 70

Live Your Best Life at McGregor

We don’t believe that life is over after you turn 70—and one visit to our campus in Cleveland, Ohio, will prove it. McGregor Senior Living is redefining senior care and aging services in Cuyahoga County, helping more older adults discover new purpose and joy as they age. Find out why individuals and their families choose McGregor for independent living, assisted living, rehabilitation, and more. We meet your changing needs in one place, on one shared campus in the heart of Cleveland. You have to see it to believe it: Schedule your visit today.


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