1. Seniors should never spend precious time worrying about age…it’s just a number! Let doctors and specialists worry about numbers and nonessentials. Age does not define a person, it simply gives them more character and experience. Seniors should be proud of who they are and what they have accomplished, not feel confined by their age.
2. Keep cheerful people close. The saying “misery loves company” is one that rings true for everyone, no matter what their age group. Seniors need to be able to laugh, and cheerful friends are sure to keep things on a positive level. Having miserable people around only makes for a miserable atmosphere.
3. Never stop learning. While technology may seem intimidating at times, seniors should learn basic operation steps for computers, CD players, crafts, gardening, painting…things that keep the brain working. There is a saying that an “idle mind is the devil’s workshop.” While this can be interpreted many ways, it certainly lends credit to the fact that seniors should never stop thinking and creating. Never let the brain go idle.
4. Take time to enjoy the small things in life. Simple things make life worth living in the end. It’s the way that grandkids smile, or the way daughters love their fathers unconditionally. Take time to enjoy all the little joys that surround seniors on a daily basis. These small miracles are what fills the heart.
5. Laugh often and laugh loud. Laughter truly is the best medicine. It can make the difference between life and death. Seniors should enjoy laughing with friends and family on a regular basis, if possible. Laugh until the tears are flowing!
6. Speaking of tears, seniors have undoubtedly faced a lot of trials and tribulations during their lives. Seniors have been forced to grieve and endure the pain of losing loved ones. They have also been forced to move on and adapt after losing loved ones. It can become very lonely without a great support system. Seniors should know they can rely on their loved ones for support and comfort when needed. Just knowing someone is there and they are willing to listen is often enough to make the difference.
7. Never forget to tell people how much they are loved. Seniors should feel comfortable telling everyone how much they mean to them and how much they love them. Naturally, this goes both ways. Family and friends should make a daily effort to let seniors know how they make a positive difference in life. Don’t hide feelings or put off saying “I love you.”