All of us go through the process of ageing. Growing old can be a pleasant experience. Successful ageing means preparing yourself for your later years so that you will have a happy, fulfilling and fruitful life.
There are two aspects of successful ageing:
- Personal hygiene
- Fitness and exercise
- Elderly friendly environment
- Managing illnesses
- Psychosocial aspect
Image and attitude
- Develop a positive attitude towards life.
- Accept the changing roles.
- Be active physically and intellectually.
- Accept help when you need it but continue to manage your own life as far as you can.
Retirement And Finances
- If you are still working you should start planning for your retiremen while you are still working.
- It is never too late to take up a new hobby or a new career following your retirement.
- Join in activities where your knowledge and experiences can be shared.
- You may face some financial problems following retirement so save your money by doing a weekly budget or buying only the necessities.
- Children may leave home but you can preserve family ties by keeping frequent contact.
- Look at your previous patterns of relationship with your family and find ways to preserve or improve them.
- Try to improve communication with your family members.
- Earn to make new friends with people in your community.
Recreation And Leisure
- Take up new hobbies to fill up your time.
- Join senior citizen clubs, community groups and voluntary bodies in your community to reduce isolation and loneliness.
- Travel if you can afford.
- Exercise regularly.
- Eat healthily.
- Avoid smoking.
Spiritual And Religion
- Learn more of your own religion.
- Join the religious activities or groups in your community.
- Do not feel guilty about wanting a sexual relationship at a late stage in life.
- Practice safe sex.
- Adjustment may need to be made to ensure sexual satisfaction.
- Companionship may be more important to you than just a physical relationship.
Facing Death And Dying
- You must be able to express your feelings when you experience the loss of someone close to you.
- You must know when to get help from family and community if you feel that you cannot cope with your loss.
- You must know when to confide in someone rather than withdraw into yourself.
- Look at your past achievement as it may help you bring some self-satisfaction to you, regardless of how small or great it was.
|Last Reviewed||:||20 April 2012|
|Writer||:||Dr. Suraya binti Yusoff|
|:||Dr. Susy Mathew|
|:||En. Harol Hanam bin Muhammed Wahid|
|Reviewer||:||Dr. Lazli Bin Bakar|