Success is measured differently at various stages of our lives. Because our needs change as we age, so does our definition of success. In fact, the term “Successful Aging” was introduced as a concept in the 1950s, and surged in popularity in the 1980s when the Baby Boomer generation realized there would be “life after work.” Boomers re-defined success in every other area of their lives; why not aging?
According to information from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), the population of the United States now boasts more senior adults than children under the age of 14 – for the first time in recorded history! The concept of Successful Aging has never been more important.
What is Successful Aging?
Medically speaking, successful aging includes “optimization of life expectancy while minimizing physical and mental deterioration and disability.” In other words, we want to get older, but we want to do so in the healthiest way possible, both physically and mentally.
Part of maintaining both physical and mental health is the psychology of Successful Aging, defined by:
- Enjoying one’s diet
- Financial Security
- Satisfaction with one’s neighborhood/living arrangements
- Satisfaction with one’s physical appearance
- Feeling productive/contributing to life
- A sense of humor
- A sense of purpose
- Satisfaction with one’s spirituality
Since we’re in the thick of the holiday season, Windsong homeowners are making sure to achieve psychological satisfaction, with beautifully decorated homes and courtyards; tasting new foods and preparing family recipes in exceptional kitchens; sharing stories, traditions, and perhaps a few laughs; finding ways to contribute to the community through voluntarism; using the sidewalks and clubhouse to maintain physical well-being; and making friends with new neighbors and gathering with family in communities they are proud to call home.
Welcome to Windsong – Where Life’s A Breeze!