Old age has its pleasures, which though different, are not less than the pleasures of youth.” - W. Somerset Maugham
Ask anyone who admits to reaching "old age" and they will tell you, there are some distinct benefits enjoyed in their "mature years." These top five are a good starting point, but feel free to add to the list.
1. Positive Outlook
Studies show that seniors are among the happiest groups of people. And perspective is an important reason why. When you're older, you are able to distinguish a genuine crisis from the normal curves that life throws at you. You're comfortable in your own skin when you've lived in it this long. And you're in a position to pursue interests and fulfill lifelong dreams. President George Herbert Walker Bush skydived to mark his 85th birthday. Maybe that's more adventure than you want, but whatever your dream, now you can do it.
2. Grandchildren and Other Loved Ones.
Grandchildren. They show up all shiny and clean. You spoil them until they think you're wonderful. Their parents discreetly change their diapers when necessary, and remove them when you get tired. No sleepless nights. No diapers. And an adoring, smiling face. What's not to love? But old age also permits more time with all your loved ones, even those outside the family. An unhurried card game with friends is a great new way to spend time. One of the best parts of growing old is choosing to spend time with people instead of work or things.
3. Making a Difference
Volunteering in civic, political, spiritual or philanthropic activity is a way to leave a mark and keep yourself motivated and focused. Without the responsibilities of home ownership and work, there's never been a better time to put your heart into motion. So if you are able, plan a short-term mission, or volunteer at a shelter, or staff a phone bank for a charity you love. Or just take the time to make a difference in the life of someone in your community. You're at an age when you could make the biggest difference.
4. Financial Freedom
Between Medicare, Social Security, pensions, retirement accounts, and other sources of income, today's senior is financially better off than any other time in history. With these resources and government programs like Medicaid and Medicare seniors receive a guaranteed income and basic healthcare coverage. That's security, peace of mind, and a safety net that permits seniors to live without fear. And of course, the private sector makes it even easier by providing senior discounts for nearly everything.
5. Choosing How You Live.
You're at a stage in life where you can determine how you want to live. If you would appreciate help with some of the activities of daily living, you have more choices about where and how you'll live than ever before. You are in a position to live the way you want without compromises. An assisted living facility, when designed right, should provide the help you need for activities of daily living so you can get on with making your actual living experience full of life.