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May 10, 2024

Thrive with Proactive Aging

Category: Health & Wellness

Author: Emily Hornback, 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 Parkway Senior Living, I recommend approaching proactive aging through both mind and body. Engaging in activities like enjoying a morning cup of coffee with a crossword puzzle or going on a daily walk to unwind can help keep your mind sharp and muscles moving.

Managing stress and anxiety becomes easier with yoga. It’s a great tool for relaxation and reducing stress and anxiety by focusing on breathing and stretches. Stress and anxiety can worsen chronic illnesses, putting undue strain on the heart, muscles, and mind.

Factors such as finances, time constraints, and logistical challenges sometimes hinder people from keeping up with preventive care. The primary benefit of preventive care is improving quality of life.

To encourage others to think proactively, make preventive care enjoyable, convenient, and accessible.

A lively indoor game of chair beach volleyball with senior residents having a great time playing together.

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 Parkway Senior Living in Blue Springs, MO offers senior villas, 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. Mary’s Medical Center and St. Luke’s Eastwith convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Adams Point Golf Course, KC Royals Stadum, KC Chiefs Stadium, Sporting KC, KC Comets, KC Mavericks, Adams Dairy Landing, and Blue Springs Parks, Trails, and Lakes .

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