It's important to accept the things in life we cannot change, and aging is one of them. Time doesn't stop and neither does our growth, so embracing this as a positive facet of the journey is vital for thriving in a retirement lifestyle. Not only does a positive attitude benefit seniors' self-esteem, but it can lead to improved health. According to research from the Harvard School of Public Health and the Department of Veterans Affairs, an optimistic outlook can decrease the risk for coronary heart disease in older men. Additionally, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine revealed that postmenopausal women who have positive attitudes live longer lives and are less likely to be diabetic and hypertensive.
It's easy to develop this positive attitude by looking at all the perks of being a senior. Here are three benefits of aging:
1. Seniors can deal with conflict better
No matter how easy-going someone might be, everyone is bound to face conflicts and disagreement with others. Fortunately, for seniors, this won't be such a big problem. A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America tested aging wisdom by giving participants three letters intended for an advice column called "Dear Abby." The messages describe relational conflicts of the writers. As it turned out, subjects over the age of 60 were better at imaging different points of view and coming up with resolutions and compromises than their younger counterparts.
"Age brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding."
It's no secret that age brings a wealth of knowledge and understanding that is only made possible through time and experience. Seniors have dealt with more conflicts than younger, less-experienced generations and know which solutions work and which ones don't. This also gives older adults the ability to better manage emotions and impulses, providing the perfect opportunity for building relationships with friends and family.
2. Senior discounts
Food, entertainment, apparel, you name it: Seniors have the awesome benefit of receiving a discount with tons of popular brands in nearly every industry. Starting for adults as young as age 50, seniors will see tons of savings opportunities during their retirement. Many companies will advertise the sales, but it never hurts to ask if there's a senior discount available before making a purchase.
3. Extra free time
During retirement, seniors are given the incredible gift of time. With an extra 40 hours a week not being spent in the workplace, older adults can experience more opportunities for leisure activities. They can travel, learn a new hobby, exercise, spend time with family and friends, and take classes, among other possibilities. Assisted living retirement communities understand this new and exciting aspect of aging and encourage seniors to get involved in the many group activities. Whether community residents are interested in learning how to dance, meeting new people, crafting or working out, they are sure to find a fun activity.
Seniors should look at the bright side and take advantage of these awesome perks of aging. Not only will it help older adults experience exciting retirement living, but it also may improve their health.