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May 10, 2024

Thrive with Proactive Aging

Category: Health & Wellness

Author: Michelle Graham, 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 Boulevard Senior Living of St. Charles. I promote proactive aging through lifelong learning, active participation in healthcare decisions, proactive illness management, and stress management.

To manage stress and anxiety, individuals can engage in activities they enjoy, seek support from available resources, and adopt a healthy lifestyle. Stress and anxiety can adversely affect health as you age, contributing to conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and obesity. The physiological effects of stress hormones can impact various body systems negatively.

Senior resident exercising with hand weight while sitting in a chair.

Several barriers may hinder people from accessing preventive care, including:

  • lack of resources
  • absence of a primary care physician
  • insufficient knowledge about available preventive services

Preventive care can reduce the risk of serious illness, slow disease progression, promote longevity, and enhance overall well-being.

An older woman sitting in a chair, raising her arm while exercising with a hand weight.

Embracing a Proactive Approach to Health and Wellness

Encouraging proactive behavior involves promoting exercise, healthy eating habits, and self-awareness about health status and treatments. It’s essential to make the process enjoyable and integrate it into individuals’ routines.

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 Boulevard Senior Living of Saint Charles in St. Charles, MO offers 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 SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital St. Charles with convenient access to major shopping centers and clubs, including St. Peters Golf Club, Mid Rivers Mall, Katy Trail, Main Street St. Charles, New Town at St.Charles, and the Streets of St. Charles.

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