People over 50 will soon be in the majority! That means more products and services will be designed and marketed to suit you - more importantly you will be encouraged to have more choice and control.
Here are some ideas and suggestions for maintaining health and independence and getting the most out of your life:
- Pensioner or not, life is what you make it
- A positive attitude makes a big difference
- There are financial advantages to being over 60
- Make the most of the time retirement brings
- Have fun
- Use the Internet and join other ‘silver surfers’
You can’t stop getting older, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop doing the things you enjoy. In fact, many people find that life really begins at 60, because they finally have the time to do all the things they couldn’t do in their younger, working days.
A positive attitude to life means taking the time and effort to do the things you enjoy, keeping healthy and active and making the most of what’s on offer.
Research shows that most of us are too inactive to benefit our health. Age shouldn't be a barrier to being healthy and there are many things you can do to exercise both your body and mind. Research also highlights the benefits of maintaining spiritual and emotional well-being.
The Benefits of Physical Activity
Keeping physically active helps to reduce the risk of conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke; it strengthens your muscles - aiding mobility; encourages a healthy appetite, regular bowel movements and a good sleeping routine and reduces the risk of falls, osteoporosis, stress and depression. It also stimulates the brain, keeping brain cells alert. Activities such as Tai Chi courses, keep fit and seated exercises are run by many organisations. Walking is great exercise and it’s free. Cheshire has many beautiful places to enjoy a walk.
Physical activity doesn't mean having to join a gym. You could walk instead of taking the bus, or tackle the garden, both will be keeping your muscles toned and your joints supple. Even if you are not able to be active when standing, there are lots of seated exercises you can do.
Local leisure centres offer a range of activities like swimming or dancing with lots of opportunities to keep fit and active. Exercise also gives you the 'feel-good factor' - making you feel fitter, more energetic and more likely to get out and meet people.
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The Benefits of Being 60+
The good news is that there are lots of financial benefits once you hit 60. While some may depend on your financial status, they include:
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What’s on Offer
There are plenty of things to do that don’t cost a lot, or are free.
These include visiting local parks, gardens, museums, galleries and libraries. Your local library should also have information and leaflets about places of interest, events and talks. There are now also many websites, aimed specifically at older people, such as Silver Surfers.
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