September is Healthy Aging Month which
encourages us to stay healthy and age gracefully.
Each person’s “healthiest self” is different per the National Institute of Health (NIH). We have different bodies, minds, living situations and people influencing our lives. Each of these and other areas can impact your overall health. This means we each have a unique set of health needs and are aging differently.
Our wellness has eight dimensions (see picture above). If any of these dimensions are off, we may be upsetting the balance of our healthy situation (intellectual). When we worry about money (financial), we sometimes experience anxiety (emotional). This can lead to medical problems and imbalance at home (occupational), perhaps losing opportunities we have to interact with others (social). When this happens, we may even question our own sense of meaning and purpose (spiritual). We may not be able to afford the healthy food or medical care we need to stay well (physical). We may even need to move to a place that feels less safe and secure (environmental). All of these areas affect our wellness.
Many of the articles provided in our Healthy Aging newsletters are intended to assist our readers in focusing on different dimensions of wellness. Having one or two dimensions going well can often help you get other dimensions of wellness in check or make them seem more manageable.
Living healthy and achieving healthy aging is a balance and often a give and take. Have grace with yourself when one or more dimensions do not seem to be “healthy” and reach out to a trusted friend, health professional, financial counselor, colleague, or spiritual advisor to help get these areas back in line. Remember, no one is perfect and our lives aren’t perfect either. Life’s changes are not always planned and not always for the best. What is important is to keep thinking positively, one foot forward at a time, trying to keep yourself happy, healthy and enjoying life.