We spend our lives planning for our futures and working towards retirement, but are we focussing too much on our preparing for our pensions rather than preparing for our old age?
None of us revel at the thought of getting old, but it is an inevitable stage of life and it is important to prepare yourself and your home for a time when daily tasks may become more difficult.
There are a lot of ways to prepare your body in your younger years for fewer problems in your later years. Regular exercise promotes brain regeneration and fends off decline, though some exercises should not be carried out to excess. Jogging at any age can cause irreparable damage to the knees from the constant pounding on hard roads, so alternative exercises are better in the long term.
Falls are one of the biggest dangers for older people, but practicing fitness activities and disciplines such as yoga and pilates earlier in life are great ways to improve your balance and flexibility, making falls less likely.
Our bodies naturally lose muscle as we age, but doing strength-training with weights, however light, will help offset declining muscle mass and help to strengthen your body for older age.
One of the more difficult and possibly the hardest to prepare for is happiness. If you are not happy or have no zest for life, you are more likely to feel weak, unwell and unhappy, and this is truer of older adults.Michel de Montagne, one of the most influential writers of the French Renaissance once wrote: It seems to me that in old age our souls are subject to more troublesome ailments and weaknesses than in youth. Its unlikely that anyone wants to end up isolated and unhappy, so make time for your friends and family, keep up traditions and make new ones in your retirement to fill your life with activity and enjoyment. You didnt work your whole life to waste away in boredom in your retirement.
Its also very important to prepare your home and surroundings. It is important not to be too proud, many of us might be opposed to the thought that we might one day have to rely on a stairlift to go from different floors in our homes, but it is a very common necessity.
If youre worried about any physical problems you may have with the stairs now or in the future, getting a stairlift installed can make the world of difference. Why potentially do yourself more harm long-term by struggling the stairs when you would be better off with a little help?
Small steps can be easily adjusted into ramps to avoid trips and falls, and addition handrails can be easily installed in areas of your home you might struggle with.
Bathrooms are another problem area for many older people later in life, but there are many aids and assistances that can be fitted around the different areas of the bathroom to ensure a safer environment.
While none of us exactly revel in the idea of getting older, its a part of life. We spend our lives working hard towards our retirement, and so we owe it to ourselves and our bodies to make sure were prepared to live to the fullest when we get there.