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Tips for Staying Independent as You Age

Getting older shouldn’t mean that you have to sacrifice your independence and rely on others. Many seniors don’t want to go to nursing homes and assisted living facilities because they aren’t able to make all of their own decisions. Here at Brightwood Living Community, we are dedicated to ensuring that all of our residents maintain their privacy and independence. Here are some great tips for staying independent as you age!

Stay Active

As we age, we start to lose muscle strength, which increases the risk of falls. With over 2.5 million fall-related injuries each year, this could jeopardize your full independence. Staying active is a great way to keep your muscles, body, and mind in good shape.

Incorporate consistent exercise such as walking, water aerobics, or a round of golf into your regular routine. Combine this with a well-balanced diet and you reduce muscle loss, build your immune system, and improve your overall mood!

Community Involvement

Retirement gives you the chance to relax after working for so many years. However, because you’ve worked for so long, having nothing to do during the day can sometimes get boring. A great way to stay independent as you age is to get out and get involved in your community!

Whether you decide to volunteer at a local animal shelter or mentor the youth, these are all great ways to get involved and create your own routine. You may even consider getting a part time job to keep you involved and give you some extra cash for the things you want to do.

Get Connected

Though the younger generations grew up on this new technology, it is never too late to get connected! Technology isn’t all about social media friends. In fact, you can use modern technology to make your home more convenient and accessible so that you maintain your independence.

Smart home technology allows you to connect things like your lights, security alarms, and thermostats to your smartphone. This allows you to turn on your lights, check locks, and adjust your home’s temperature no matter where you are!

Make New Friends

A great way to keep yourself independent is to find a good group of friends that share the same interests as you. Being independent doesn’t mean being alone all of the time. In fact, social interaction is good for one’s mental health.

Brightwood Living Community provides several common spaces for you to get to know other residents. You can also look online for meetup groups, book clubs, and other organizations that spark your particular interests!

Life is Good at Brightwood!

Since 1992, Brightwood has been the community of choice for those who want to enjoy the ease of life without sacrificing their space, privacy, and individuality. We are a gated senior community located in the Greater Baltimore area, with 80 homes spread across our beautiful, 50 acre property.

The amenities and services that we provide will surely enhance your life enjoyment, sense of security, and well-being. For more information, contact us at (410)-339-3200 or visit our website www.brightwoodliving.org.

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