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May 10, 2024

Thrive with Proactive Aging

Category: Health & Wellness

Author: Becky Meagher, 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┬ácan help us live full, energetic, and healthy lives no matter how many years we have lived.

Employee monitoring resident vitals during Wellness Wednesday checkups.

As the Director of Wellness at The Township Senior Living. I advocate for proactive aging, which entails taking control of the aging process and anticipating needs. This aligns with the principles we promote at Arrow Senior Living. Our age-in-place community allows individuals to transition seamlessly from independent living to assisted living. As residents’ needs evolve, they can also move into our specialized memory care communities.

To effectively manage stress and anxiety, engage in proactive discussions with family and friends about your care needs. Schedule time to consult your doctor to plan for your health and conduct research to help you anticipate future needs. Developing a comprehensive plan can alleviate stress, which is known to exacerbate health issues such as inflammation and muscle weakness as individuals age.

Several barriers hinder people from adhering to preventive care, including:

  • cost
  • lack of awareness about the importance of ongoing care
  • limited access to providers

However, the benefits of preventive care, such as reducing the risk of chronic conditions like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, are substantial.

Integrating Healthcare into the Community for Enhanced Well-being

To foster a proactive mindset, we can facilitate closer monitoring and follow-up care by integrating healthcare providers into our community. By offering in-house providers, we can enhance preventive measures and intervene proactively to maintain our residents’ well-being.

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.

A caring woman assists an elderly man with a Wellness Wednesday vital checkup at work.

The Township Senior Living in Battlefield, 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 Cox Medical Center South with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Backwoods Golf, Relics Antique Mall, Chesterfield Family Center, Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield, and Nathanael Green/Close Memorial Park-Botancial Gardens.

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