5 Guaranteed Ways to Ruin Life After 70 (And How to Avoid Them)Monday, January 13, 2020
Life After 70 Should Be Amazing.
Success or Failure Is up to You!
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. We thought we might explore some of the reasons people continue to fail at finding happiness after 70 years of age. Here are 5 guaranteed ways to RUIN life in your later years (and what you can do to avoid them):
If you want to fail after 70, you should 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.
You should be alone as much as possible and never make new friends.
You had the same friends for decades, and some aren’t here anymore. You’ve lost touch with some, and some just aren’t the same as they used to be. AARP says that friends are actually good for your brain and help you stay sharp. The likelihood of depression and even physical health maladies reduces when we have a healthy social life. The benefits are numerous and add a rewarding element to your life that you never knew you were missing. This can sound a little intimidating, but there are actually easy ways to make friends as a senior.
You should let your brain retire after 70.
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. How do you do that? Keep your cholesterol low, exercise regularly, eat well, and socialize. These are all ways to make the most out of life. Lethargy, fatty snacks, and isolation are the path to failure for your brain.
You should absolutely eat like a 20 year old.
Fatty foods, high sugar content, lots of alcohol and caffeine, and heavy dairy are the staples of poor nutrition after 70. Things have changed for the 70+ diet - and WebMD even has a new food pyramid for those in that bracket. Looking to be healthy? Eat those greens and proteins!
Most importantly, never look for a new purpose after 70.
One of the easiest ways to fail after 70 is to live in the past. Focusing on the past and regrets can cause you to fizzle out 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 - finding a new way to spend time will change your outlook on life. Nothing makes failure more eminent later in life than being stagnant and not looking for new purpose.
We want you to succeed after 70! Our residents find new purpose that they never knew was possible. We don’t believe in failure after 70, and one trip to our campus will prove it. Schedule your time with us today and find out why McGregor is all about helping you live your best life!