What exactly is 'positive ageing'?
"POSITIVE ageing" is a term used to describe the process of maintaining a positive attitude, feeling good about yourself, keeping fit and healthy, and engaging fully in life.
Ageing is often associated with many rewarding experiences.
It is, however, also a time when significant changes might occur.
For example, some people experience changes in physical functioning, social networks, employment, and bereavement can become more common.
Keeping a positive attitude toward ageing is particularly important as it allows you to continue to feel good and have a sense of control as you face another part of the life cycle.
As people age it is natural for them to move in and out of periods of positive ageing. But those who age positively live longer and healthier lives, and enjoy a better quality of life.
Maintaining a positive attitude
The way you feel about yourself and the ageing process can affect how you view life and the extent to which you are involved in activities and the opportunities life offers.
If you can make choices and have control over important aspects of your life, and take part in and enjoy activities, you are more likely to feel good about yourself.
Social interaction and relationships with others are associated with positive ageing and feeling optimistic about life.
Maintaining social networks through membership of clubs, engaging in voluntary work and keeping in touch with family encourages interaction with others, prevents isolation and promotes good mental and physical health.