7 Things that Improve with Age

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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.

  1. Judgment

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.

  1. Antiques

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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. Pickles

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.

  1. Romance

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.

  1. Seniors!

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.

Babysitting Grandkids Can Give Health a Boost

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For most seniors, spending time with grandchildren provides a joy unlike any other. But did you know that by regularly interacting with your grandchildren, you also may experience tangible health benefits?

Grandparents Day is Sept. 11, and it’s a great time to celebrate the ways in which spending time with grandchildren improves our lives.

How Does Babysitting Grandchildren Boost Your Health?

Research has found that senior men and women may experience better health when they have regular contact with loved ones. Even communicating through Facebook and other social media platforms can help bolster healthy aging. View how the members of the Cypress of Charlotte stay active and engaged on our Facebook page!

Babysitting grandchildren, specifically, is connected to lower rates of depression. One study found that women who spend a day each week taking care of grandchildren may have a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s and other types of cognitive problems. In addition, caring for grandchildren can help ward off social isolation, which can lead to depression and earlier death in seniors.

And those video games your grandchild is always playing? You may want to join in, too! Playing a video game once a week or more frequently has shown a link to positive mood, better social function and stronger feelings of well-being.

Making the Most of Your Time Together

Especially if you don’t see your grandchildren often, you want to make the most of the time you’re able to spend together. You benefit in many ways from the interaction, and your grandchild does as well.

Be sure to take the opportunity to play and have fun together — and try to see the world through a child’s eyes. Consider activities like:

  • Going outdoors to visit a park or the beach, or simply taking a nature walk or day hike in your area.
  • Sharing your hobbies, such as gardening, painting or making crafts. You may be surprised at how interested your grandchild will be.
  • Reveling in doing nothing. As a grandparent, you’re free from the responsibilities of parenting, and you can simply enjoy your time with your grandchild. Take time to just talk and learn more about each other.

Not Just for Kids

Even if your grandchildren aren’t children anymore, your health may benefit from spending time with them. One study found that when seniors and adult grandchildren maintain a close bond, both individuals have fewer symptoms of depression.

The closer the relationship, the more benefits were found in fighting depression. Researchers attribute the mutual benefits to grandparents and adult grandchildren providing emotional support to each other.

Grandchildren of all ages love visiting The Cypress of Charlotte. Our 63-acre campus includes water features, gardens, walking trails and multiple amenities. It’s the perfect setting for spending a fun day with your grandchild. To schedule a visit, please contact us today!

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