Aging well can mean different things to different people, but there are some universal themes that most agree on. WIHA surveyed over 700 people in Wisconsin between the ages of 70 and 87 to find out what healthy aging means to them. Nearly 86% of people said that ‘aging well’ meant they could physically do the things they want to do when they’re older. For 76% of respondents, aging well meant 1) being surrounded by people they love (not lonely), 2) able to continue to learn new things and improve skills, and 3) having enough money to take care of themselves and their family.
Research has identified 8 Dimensions of Wellness that impact our perceptions of aging well. Here are three of them:
Physical Health: Ensuring your body can do the things you want when you’re older. Exercise, nutrition, injuries and other health problems, medications, sleep, and more all play a big role in your physical health.
Intellectual Health: Continuing to learn new things and improve skills. From reading to taking a class to learning a new hobby, all of these activities can stimulate new interests and keep your mind active.
Financial Health: Having enough money to take care of yourself and family and have the resources to do the things you want to do. Financial health is impacted by the choices we make, the planning we do, and life circumstances.
Learn more about these and the other five dimensions of wellness and how you can improve your life in each of these areas.
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