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May 10, 2024

Thrive with Proactive Aging

Category: Health & Wellness

Author: Carrie Gray, Director of Wellness

Across the world, people are living longer than ever before. However, according to the World Health Organization, “evidence suggests the proportion of life in good health has remained broadly constant, implying that the additional years are in poor health.” Taking a proactive approach to aging can help us live full, energetic, and healthy lives no matter how many years we have lived.

As the Director of Wellness at The Madison Senior Living. I advocate for proactive aging by emphasizing the importance of planning for aging well ahead of urgent necessity. Seeking advice from healthcare professionals, financial advisors, and estate planners can provide valuable guidance on various aspects of aging.

Managing stress and anxiety can be approached through diverse methods such as seeking professional counseling, engaging in physical activity like walking, journaling, and practicing breathing exercises. Failure to address stress and anxiety can have significant negative impacts on health as individuals age, potentially leading to conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, obesity, and diabetes.

Healthcare costs and transportation limitations can be barriers to maintaining preventive care. However, regular care can significantly reduce the risk of diseases, disabilities, and premature death.

Wellness Wednesdays: Empowering Community Health Engagement

To foster proactive thinking, we invite residents to participate in Wellness Wednesday every month, where they can engage in activities and discussions focused on promoting overall well-being. By encouraging community involvement and education, we aim to empower individuals to take charge of their health and aging journey.

An employee assisting an elderly man during a wellness check-up at a senior community.

It is never too late to invest in your health. Taking control of our well-being can be the difference between surviving and thriving, the difference between extra years of truly living and extra years in decline. Make your years count. Approach aging proactively and use those extra years to get another degree, take up a new hobby, break a record, or explore opportunities you never thought you would get to experience.

World Health Organization: Aging and Health, click here to read the full article.

The Madison Senior Living in Kansas City, MO offers independent senior apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include restaurant dining, 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Centrally located near St Luke’s South/ Menorah with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Top Golf, Park Place Shopping Center, Worlds of fun/Oceans of fun, Kansas City Zoo, Union Station/Crown Center, National WWI Museum and Memorial, and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

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