Living Longer And Having More Fun

It It is the place you are used to and feel comfortable in. Or you may opt to enjoy the company of other active seniors and stay in an independent living community. Many senior communities have great events targeted to help you stay active and have fun.

This option has several advantages. You enjoy amenities like security, housekeeping, yard maintenance, exercise facilities, and clubhouses. You do not have to worry about meals, laundry service or transportation. You have cultural and social activities to take part in. You enjoy the company of people of similar age and interests.

Statistics shows that people today tend to live longer. They enjoy better health. They are more active. They are more likely to engage in regular physical activities compared to seniors of 20 years ago. They tend to appreciate opportunities for rest and relaxation.

These studies indicate that making physical exercise a part of their daily routine is beneficial, especially for seniors. It promotes more energy. It results in positive feelings. It makes it easier to do other things. Sometimes its just nice to get out and surprise people.

Exercise also helps people who have health problems. It eases the symptoms associated with hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, and heart disease. What are some forms of physical exercise that seniors are likely to enjoy? Jogging, biking and brisk walking are popular options. You can do these activities outdoors and enjoy the added benefits of fresh air and sunshine. You can do them on your own or enjoy them with friends.

If you love water, you can go swimming or enjoy aqua aerobics. If you want to exercise and socialize at the same time, you can go dancing. Ballroom dancing, square dancing, and line dancing are popular among seniors these days.

If you want to add a meditative slant to your exercise, you have several options. You can do yoga, Tai Chi or Pilates. These disciplines include stretching, which can improve your flexibility. If you want a bit of challenge, you can go for strength training or cross country skiing. Golf has always been a popular form of exercise for seniors.

Many seniors also stay active by engaging in civic or volunteer work. The activities keep them active and give meaning to their days. Use your time meaningfully by doing volunteer work. There are many options, depending on your advocacies and interests. You can always find an organization or group whose efforts focus more on promoting art or history or helping the environment or children. You can be part of these groups and offer your help no matter what your interests are. You can join a book club. Doing so allows you to engage your mind, make friends and expand your horizons. If you put great value on education, you can volunteer to mentor children. Ask your local library, church or civic organizations how you can help in this way.

You can continue your education by taking enrichment classes. You can learn painting, photography, literary writing, or computer skills. If you want to live longer, have fun and put more meaning in your life, make sure to make space for both physical and leisure activities in your life.

Parents with Disabled Children

It is already a problem that disabled persons are taking care of themselves. The other issue is that some parents are worried that their children will share the same fate because the parents are already aged.  

Joanne Collins worries about dying.  

She thinks about it in the afternoon as she waits for her daughter to get off the bus.  

She wonders who will cook dinner for Maureen and if they will let her watch Pokemon and Power Rangers on TV. She prays they will care enough to help Maureen take a bath each night and tuck her into bed.  

Mrs. Collins and her husband have done all those things for their daughter since she was a little girl.  

Maureen is now 52 years old.  

“To us, she's still a child,” Mrs. Collins, 76, says of her daughter, who is mentally retarded and has severe epileptic seizures. “I worry constantly. When something happens to us, what will happen to Maureen? This is just tearing me apart.”  

In Ohio, the Collinses and thousands of aging parents like them have reason to be afraid.   Sourced from:  

These parents do not have it easy. They need help and they need someone to counsel them. The thought of death always lingering on your mind and the fear of what is to be can be very disturbing. It is quite a burden trying to fend for yourself and your adult child as well.  

As a result, said the executive director of Sacramento's Resources for Independent Living, Frances Gracechild: "We have this phenomenon of aging parents with increasing need for support themselves, and they're still taking care of their grown developmentally disabled children.  

"It's quite a burden to meet when you're facing your 70s."  

As they age, the parents of the adult developmentally disabled may need legal counseling to put together a special-needs trust to care for their offspring, and they may need advice on residential options, said Fran Smith, a Yolo County advocate for the developmentally disabled. Two of her children had cerebral palsy.  

"I was always worried about what my kids would do when I die, but they both predeceased me," she said. "Parents need a coach. They need somebody to help them. Thinking about what will happen to your grown child after you're gone is painful.     Sourced from:  

If there are siblings with no disabilities then the mantle should be passed to them. The burden an worry is too much for the parents. They need to make all the necessary plans so as provide good quality care for their siblings.  

“A growing generation of parents is now facing old age and the prospect that their children with disabilities will outlive them. As of 2006, more than 716,00 adults with developmental disabilities were living with caregivers over the age of 60 in the United States.”  

You may need to take the initiative to talk to your parents about a plan for your sibling’s future. Your parents have cared for them and have tried to provide for the best quality of life that they could. As your parents are advancing in age, you can give them reassurance by getting involved in planning for your sibling with special needs.   Sourced from: