Fear of getting old is one of the most common fears there is. Perhaps that’s why we marginalise older people: an attempt to suppress reminders of our own mortality. We dread the prospect of physical and mental decline, becoming dependent on others, and experiencing loneliness. But there are ways we can make ageing a thing to embrace rather than something to dread!
Exercise like yoga and weight lifting can help slow physical decline, and learning a new skill like baking or playing the piano can help improve cognitive function. Being socially active and integrated into your community can help alleviate loneliness. To quote Katharine Esty ‘…the opposite of independence is not being dependent, it is community.’ – so can we not embody intergenerational care as a core value, rather than treat it as burdensome?
We believe ageing should be a wonderful and worthwhile journey, but for that to happen older adults need access to affordable activities, that have been designed by older adults themselves, in an environment that embraces their differences. By donating to Elders Voice, you can help us make that happen.
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