Love Yourself: Finding Purpose in Aging

Senior couple at home

As you gracefully advance in age, such as reaching the milestone of 60, you’re likely to have accumulated a wealth of life experiences and witnessed the journeys of friends and family. Cherishing the privilege of these years becomes paramount.

Complaining about the natural process of aging does little to enhance the quality of life and certainly doesn’t deter the passage of time. Many individuals, upon entering their golden years, have the opportunity to uncover new purposes and continue savoring life’s pleasures.

The retirement age often brings changes. Driving privileges may fade, children have embarked on their own adventures, and family homes may be passed on to new hands. While these transitions may seem daunting, they also offer the chance to explore new motivations and opportunities.

Fostering Satisfaction in Your Senior Years


If your partner has passed on or is no longer with you, and many of your friends have passed on or are dealing with serious health matters, it’s still important to have friends and family in your life.

If you live in a condo or apartment building, make an effort to meet some of your neighbors. If you live in a complex for seniors, you can attend group functions.

Many buildings for seniors host events on a regular basis. Even if you don’t live in a place like that, you can often still attend. Get to know someone who lives in a senior’s complex and start meeting people that way.

You can also look online for activities and events for seniors. There may be weekly events that various groups host that you can attend. Look for specialized groups, as well, that may host events for something you are interested in.

Even meeting a friend for a coffee or lunch once a week is a good idea. It gives you something to do and something to look forward to. Make a point of doing it on a regular basis and stick to it.

Take Care of Yourself

As you age, you will need to listen to your body. There will be new aches and pains and the inability to perform certain tasks that were once very easy. Don’t push yourself to do them, ask for help.

Eat Well & Stay Active

We can’t eat the way we used to, either. This doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy your favorite foods, but you may not be able to enjoy them as often and in smaller portions.

Getting a bit of exercise every day is also important. Take a daily walk to the fruit market, or a park, get a stationary bike or some other type of exercise machine, and engage in activities that will help maintain your muscles.

Regular Health Check-Ups

Visit your healthcare professional regularly. Make sure you take their advice and let them know of any problems you may be experiencing. They can’t help you if they don’t know what it is.

Adopt a Pet

Getting a pet is often a great idea. Your dog or cat is always there to greet you and a dog is a great way to make sure you get up and out of the house a few times a day.

Take your pet to a dog park where you can meet other dog families. It’s a great way to meet people, as you already have something in common. For cats and birds, there are plenty of bird and cat lovers all over the internet.

Be Realistic

Yes, that’s you in the mirror. Try to embrace the older you. This can be difficult for people who always skated by in life because they have a pretty face. Find other attributes about yourself that make you a whole person.

Many people, women, in particular, gain weight in their senior years. Don’t beat yourself up over it. You need to embrace all of the changes happening to you and your body.

Your knees will not do what they used to and your hips may cause you pain. Find a new hobby that allows you to use the parts that still function. If you have problems doing what you love, find another way to do it.

If you are worried about declining health or remaining independent, consider a medical alert system. This gives you instant access to help, should you need it. It can help you enjoy your golden years to the fullest.