Designer handbags. Good whiskey. George Clooney.
Some things just get better with age.
A wise person once said that growing older isn’t for sissies. But in many ways, aging can be an advantage. Here are some of our favorite things that just keep improving the older they get.
Don’t you wish you knew when you were 21 what you know now? As they say, youth is sometimes wasted on the young. Making better decisions in life is a definite advantage as we age. The older we get, the less likely it becomes that we’ll make impulsive decisions we regret later.
By definition, antiques are old — and the older they are, the more valuable they often become. Whether it’s cars, furniture or even clothing, sometimes the more rust or grime an item carries, the more desirable it becomes.
- Wine and Cheese
These two go together like peanut butter and jelly, and they most definitely get better with age. Wine cellars serve the purpose of allowing wines to age, and many varieties become significantly more flavorful as they add years.
- Good Friends
Do you have a long-time friend who knows everything about you? Relationships like that may have their high and low points, but in the end you’re always there for each other. With time comes understanding, and the best friendships grow and mature like fine wine.
If you find a jar of kosher baby dills in the back of your fridge, reconsider before you throw it out. The fermentation occurring inside that jar adds to the flavor, and it can be good for your health, too. Nutrition experts say pickled foods provide us with probiotics, which are great for healthy digestion.
As good relationships age, they tend to become more patient and less jealous and tumultuous. Gone are the drama and unrealistic expectations, replaced with intimacy, trust and feelings of security. Experts say that older couples also are more likely to express their feelings and say “I love you” to each other.
You’re older, and you’re wiser. But it’s also possible to be more engaged, active and vibrant than ever as you get older. With so many lifestyle options available to today’s seniors, you can determine how your next chapter in life will go.
Recent research found that adults above the age of 55 score better in measures of well-being than the U.S. population as a whole — and seniors over age 75 score the best. Seniors fare especially well in the area of financial well-being, and they’re less likely to smoke or suffer from depression than younger people.
Striking the Right Note as You Age
Seniors who improve the most with age maintain their positive energy through ongoing connections with friends and loved ones, and they practice healthy habits and see their doctors on a regular basis. They also take advantage of opportunities to boost their physical, social and mental well-being.
At The Cypress of Charlotte, you’ll find a variety of programs to keep you engaged and thriving as you age. To learn more, please contact us today.