Here you will find links to tools and resources to help you plan for healthy aging in all aspects of your life. Although the tools listed are divided into various themes, it is understood that healthy aging is a holistic process.
Making plans and decisions today will help better prepare you for tomorrow. That’s why thinking about your future well-being in areas such as health, housing, or physical activity will give you greater control over your independence, quality of life and dignity as you age.
Aging is a process of change occurring throughout our lives. Many people find their older years a time of great freedom –freedom from raising children, from daily, full-time work, and from chores and responsibilities they faced when younger.
Think about events you always look forward to and enjoy planning. Maybe it’s an annual holiday, selecting gifts for family and friends, or preparing for a vacation. Planning for these takes some thought and effort, but is also very rewarding. Planning for your older years can be just as rewarding.
Choices and decisions you make today about your housing, transportation or other areas, will help you avoid making difficult decisions in the future, when it may be a time of crisis with fewer options.
Many people wish they had started planning earlier. Some say they waited too long to move out of the family home; others wish they had developed healthy habits and lifestyles earlier. Some wish that they had stayed in touch with old friends; others, that they had saved more money when they were younger. But if you start planning now, you will know that you’ve done your best today to look after yourself tomorrow and that you have some tools to help you adapt to a changing future.
Being prepared and having plans in place helps you to:
• make the most of later life
• maintain health and independence
• have greater control over your decisions
• have a satisfying and positive retirement
• reduce or avoid costs for health care and other services.
How do you envision your future self?
Are there changes you can make now to have the best life later?
“Chance favours the prepared mind” - Louis Pasteur