There are two ways to approach aging. Your parents can embrace their changing abilities or let it get them down. Instead of letting it get them down, they should celebrate these times of their lives. Here are seven reasons why they should embrace their age.
You Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
As you age, you’ve learned what is worth stress and worry and what isn’t. You’ve gained a good insight into what is important and needs to get done and everything else can get done when there’s time and energy.
You Don’t Feel That You Have to Please Others
Most older adults work hard to make their family members happy. If they can’t make everyone happy, they know it’s okay. This often means skipping social events that don’t fit into a person’s needs or interests.
For example, going to an evening wedding for a great-niece may not be possible if your parents don’t drive at night. If they can’t handle going, they feel comfortable saying so.
You Qualify for Senior Discounts
Many stores and restaurants extend discounts to people who reach their 60s. Restaurants like Applebee’s often have a discount of 10 or 15 percent for Golden Apple Card holders. Dunkin’ Donuts and Krispy Kreme provide a free donut when you buy a coffee.
Grocery stores may have a senior discount available if you shop on certain days. The same is true of retailers like Kohl’s, Micheal’s, and Walgreens in most areas.
In some towns and cities, discounts on electricity bills or property taxes are also available. It’s always worth asking if there’s a discount as it can save your parents some money.
There’s More Free Time
Later in your 60s or 70s, you’ve retired from work. Not everyone does, but some do and have plenty of free time to do things of interest. Your parents can use that free time to travel, volunteer, or try a new hobby, which helps reduce stress and engage the mind.
You’ve Built True Friendships
When you’re a teen or young adult, you probably experienced the friends who were around when something was needed and then disappeared after. Those people could drain you emotionally.
By the time you’re into retirement, those friends are gone. You’ve formed true, lasting friendships and know who you can rely on to help you out. You also know who you should help out because they do the same.
You Know Age Means Nothing
Once you reach a certain age, you realize that age doesn’t matter. It’s just a number and doesn’t dictate what you can and cannot do.
Home Care Helps Them Remain Independent
What do you do if your parents are struggling with daily activities as they age? Make sure they know this doesn’t mean that they need to give up all of their independence and freedom. With home care services, they have the help they need to age at home.
If you, or an aging loved-one, are considering hiring Senior Care in Solana Beach, CA, or the Surrounding San Diego Area, please contact the caring staff at GoldenCare today. Call us at 760-828-5201.