My parents, Betsy and Richard, are ages 85 and 86. They are healthy, energetic, and more than happy. They have more energy than I do, and their social calendars look better than mine. I am fully convinced that their active life is what has enabled them to live such a long and rich life. I thought I would share their golden secrets from their golden years.
Community and Church Involvement
My parents are fully immersed into their community and church. The go to services, church meals, help fill supply boxes for the military, and attend local festivals and parades. They know their community and the people of the community know them. This support system is integral. The one time my mother did have an operation, a meal schedule was set up, and the community and church provided them with meals for a full two weeks.
My parents belong to Silver Sneakers, and this is a challenge because my mother does have mobility and knee issues. My father likes the treadmill and works with weights. My father plays golf at least once a week and he likes to ride instead of take a cart. They are active people and always have been active. Dad still does all his own yard work.
Both Betsy and Richard have hobbies. Mother knits and belongs to a knitting group that meets once a week. She also likes to attend fashion shows and local concerts. My father loves all sports and holds tickets to Clemson football and the Masters. They both love to go on spontaneous day trips and frequent vacations. They have a great love of life and sense of adventure.
All of these tips seem like no-brainers, but often as people age they tend to slow down. If you find yourself pulling away from the hobbies and people you love as you age, look in the newspaper, check your church bulletins and listen to the news for potential groups to join! My parents sped up and are fully involved in their community, church, exercise programs, and hobbies. Do not let your life end, but immerse yourself into every fun opportunity you can. I fully believe this regiment and zest for life is why they have lived to such a golden age. I am betting they both will hit 100 (at the minimum)!