How To Find Purpose In Your Later Years

As you grow older, retire, or become empty nesters, it’s natural to question your purpose. When you’re no longer dedicating your life to raising a family and furthering your career, you may wonder, “What now?”

At Elder Care Alliance, we know how vital finding purpose is for seniors. Research shows that a sense of purpose is strongly connected to improved physical agility and mental health. Thus, to stay healthy and chipper as possible as you age, you need to develop a higher sense of purpose. Here are some ways you can do that.

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Stay Active

Physical activity is not only one of the main keys to staying limber and independent, but it’s also essential for optimal mental health and finding purpose. Physical activity gets the blood flowing to the body and brain. It also reduces the risk of various diseases and helps with weight maintenance. There are many ways to engage in physical activity, so find something you enjoy. Suggestions include:

  • Bicycling
  • Walking
  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Aerobics
  • Gardening

Whenever possible, engage in these types of activities with someone else. Having a friend with you is always more enjoyable when you’re exercising.

Remember Old Times

Reflecting on old times is a great way to remind yourself of your value. Jogging good memories can also assist you with finding purpose and reconnecting to your old sense of self. You can reminisce on days gone by while looking through photo albums, reading old journals or listening to old songs. You may also wish to sit down with your children or grandchildren and tell them about the experiences you’ve had throughout your life.

Travel and Explore

Traveling and exploring new places can enhance feelings of youthfulness and excitement while helping you in finding purpose. These activities can help you feel young again, especially if you enjoy them with others. If you have health constraints that prevent you from flying, consider taking a road trip with plenty of stops along the way so you can get out, stretch your legs and get your blood flowing.

Learn New Things

One of the best ways to enhance your feelings of purpose is to learn a new skill or hobby. Many seniors enjoy taking cooking classes, painting lessons, or music lessons. Learning something new will give you an immediate sense of accomplishment and pride, which can contribute to your goal of finding purpose and greater well-being.

Serve Others

Sometimes, the best way to achieve a higher purpose is to look outward and serve others. Consider going on a service mission or volunteering at a local charity if you can. Your efforts will help others while improving your quality of life and sense of meaning.

You’re worth no less at 86 than you were worth at 16. The key is to remind yourself of that fact and fill your life with things and people that add value. If you’ve been struggling with finding purpose or have an older loved one in this situation, try incorporating one or more of the above activities into your life.

For help or more information contact us or schedule a visit at a location today.