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  1. Great article. Most of our seniors ( or the elderly ) must be aware of the things you mention. I work as a carer in a private setting, and see the challenges daily. It is vitally important that they stay connected with people and that they feel secure in their environment. Great read.

    • Hi Felicity,thank you for the kind compliment. My experience comes from spending a lot of time with seniors, for years now. Some of them had difficulties with accepting aging as a process that needs their active attention. These points were those that stood out the most over the years. I am really glad that you with your experience in such a working environment find the article useful. Thanks.

  2. My grandmother follows just about everything outline here, except #9. She just can’t seem to cope with the fact that is just much safer for her to use her cane. I wish there was a way for me to get her to open her eyes to the fact that it isn’t a bad thing. It’s the safe thing. Even after she falls, she refuses to use it the next day. I wish she wasn’t so stubborn on this one!

    Thanks for the read, great article.

    • Hello Courtney,
      I can understand your concerns with your grandma walking around insecurely. It is certainly not easy to talk someone into doing something, even if it’s in their best interest, when they don’t actually want to do it. If I were you, I’d play on the full independence card, which she could regain by having a support of a cane. It would also take out the fear of a new fall while securely getting from one place to the other. I’d stress out the safety of a cane itself, as it was designed to support a body on the move. Perhaps ask a professional’s opinion. Also, being a women, she might find out that so many different designs are available that she could choose herself a fashionable accessory by pairing the cane to her outfit, just like she does with her glasses or gloves, shoes…Perhaps she just needs to be presented with an elegant looking one to change how she sees a cane. Good luck with it and let us know how it went!

  3. Isabella

    Hi Kerryanne,
    Thanks for this great guide! Growing old it’s not easy, we know. You provide valuable information, there’s always many things all people can do, to improve our health. In my view it’s much better to invest in health than to treat illness. And yes, attitude it’s everything and stress of course it’s the main culprit for the onset of disease.
    Best regards,
    Isabella

  4. These 10 Tips on Healthy Aging How to Grow Old and Happy are all helpful and truth. Actually we must start to apply all these tips as early as possible so, when we reach the age of 60, we can assure that we grow old healthy and happy life.
    On the contrary, these tips are doable but not for everybody unfortunately. I’m talking about those people who are living under low wages, people from poor countries whose everyday life is survival — because, let’s face it, you have to be financially secure for you to be able to apply these tips.

    I apologize, I’m just voicing out my opinion. Which mean you did create a good post.

    • Hi Mina, no need to apologise for voicing out your opinion, on the contrary. And, as a matter of fact, I do agree with you, it is not equally easy or difficult for everyone. However, I wouldn’t say these everyday tips are highly dependable on your finances, except maybe for stress. It may be hard to concentrate on growing old happy if you are struggling right now. I myself have been there, done that. But, I can hardly imagine someone facing every day a serious new challenge, to have anything less than a sharp mind, for example, or lack of physical activity…Sure, it is not easy at all, but If I’d still be in that situation, I’d still try to do as much as I can for my 60-70 year old self, as I have only one life.
      Thank you for stopping by and offering your valuable opinion. All the best

  5. Very informative post. All important tips that we all should follow regardless the age. But if I have to choose one I’d say Maintain your relationships and social life. One of the studies about the Blue zones, where people live longer and happier, showed exactly that. There are also charities that help in this way. Well done and keep going.

    • Yes, Blue Zone studies also support “social engagement”, i.e. relationships, along with physical activity, healthy eating and stress-free living. Thank you for stopping by and contributing!

  6. Hi Kerryanne,

    Thank you for your article. I believe you made important points here that can help people live a healthy and happy life. Good sleep, active life, engaging your brain and a healthy diet are very important when it comes to health.

    Kind regards,
    Yoana

  7. Thanks Kerryanne!

    We all are looking forward to our “later years” and thank you for the encouragement to stay active and lively. I still have some time before I retire but I fully intend to stay vibrant. I look forward to more topics from you!

    Jim

  8. Hello
    You have provided a very good guide on how to grow old and happy, I know when you are not feeling well you are not nearly as happy. It does take dedication and motivation to stay healthy as we age, and with your tips people can accomplish that.

    Jeff

  9. Simon

    I couldn’t agree with you more on point number seven – it makes so much more sense to take care of your health from the start, instead of trying to find a cure later on.

  10. Simon Keighley

    This is sound advice to maintain a healthy lifestyle as we grow older Kerryanne. Eating healthy meals and getting regular exercise is key to keep our muscles active whilst keeping our brain stimulated and ensuring we get a restful nights sleep will keep us in fine fettle.
    Thanks for sharing,
    Simon.

  11. Hi Kerryanne,
    Very insightful article. The point that really stood out to me was point 6 around Stress. I’ve known for a long time how devastating and degenerative stress can be. And like you’ve mentioned, so many diseases we encounter today actually stem from stress. Thanks for bringing this to people’s attention – keep spreading the good word.
    Cheers,
    Gaz.

    • Thank you Gaz. Stress is indeed the most common trigger for starting diseases and the most common aggravator of the existing ones. Too often we are not even aware of it’s presence, but suffer the consequences.
      All the best – a stressless life, at least 😉

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