For most people, living independently is a lifelong goal, regardless of whatever stage of life they happen to be in. Being independent means making all the decisions in your life, such as how you want to live, where you want to retire, and what is most important to you. For many people, getting older means feeling like those decisions will eventually be taken away from you, but the reality is that it doesn’t have to be that way.
Staying active is an important part of staying independent. While physical activity exerts energy, you also get energy back, which helps you to maintain your independence. If you continue to work on your physical health and mobility as you age, you can stay connected with those you love, as well as the surrounding community.
Keeping your living area clean and organized can help you to have more security in your home. Clutter and misplaced items can create an unsafe environment, which can cause easily preventable falls and other accidents. Taking steps like adding lighting and railings in the home can help with keeping you upright and preventing you from taking a spill that causes debilitating injury.
It’s equally important to stay social. Positive habits and activities can invigorate you, and learning new things and spending time with others keeps your brain active and engaged. Take the time to learn a new hobby, or brush up on an old one you abandoned. You can embrace independence by volunteering, taking a class with others, or practicing an instrument.