Is age really just a number? Many people dread getting older, but others embrace their retirement and later years as a time to fulfil their dreams after they have raised their children or devoted a long time to their career. Positive Ageing week aims to celebrate the opportunities that getting older can bring, and to encourage older people to try new things and get involved in activities that are available to them.
Here at Hidden Hearing, we see many older people with hearing loss, and it is notuncommon for people to delay seeking help with the condition. We always encourage people to seek help and take a free hearing test as soon as possible, since untreated hearing loss can lead to many other problems, including isolation and dementia, and wearing hearing aids can enable a full and active social life.
Growing Older In Style: Our Top Tips
We believe that there are many exciting opportunities out there for older people, and making time to try something new can be life changing at any age. Our favourite ideas include:
- Learning a new skill. Is there something you’ve always wanted to try? Perhaps you fancy trying a different style of cookery, or you’ve always wanted to learn Italian? When you’re no longer committed to working or raising a young family, you’ll have more time to devote to hobbies, so pick something that looks like fun and challenge yourself to give it a go.
- Getting involved in your community. Whether you’ve always been an active part of your local community or have never been involved before, this is a great time to consider how you can make a difference in your area. Joining a local group or committee, whether sporting, social or political, can help you to meet like-minded people, make new friends and enjoy new challenges.
- Getting fit.Taking regular exercise is a vital way to keep your mind and body agile, and it’s never too late to begin. Joining a new class or trying a sport you have not tried before is a good way to increase your physical fitness and make new friends. You should talk to your doctor before beginning a new exercise regime if you have not exercised regularly throughout your life.
- Taking time to travel. Many people dream of travelling the world, and retirement can be a great opportunity to do this as you have more time. Plan carefully and ensure that you have all of the documentation you need, especially that which is relevant to medical care. Think about the places you have always wanted to visit, and check whether there are any travelling groups for older people that could enable you to meet new friends and see the world if you do not feel comfortable travelling alone.
- Meditating. If you’ve never meditated before, you may think it is not for you, but studies show that people who meditate are physically and mentally healthier than those who don’t. You can start by attending a course to learn the basic skills, or use a video on YouTube or a CD of guided meditations if you would prefer to try it at home first.
Book A Free Hearing Test at Hidden Hearing
If you think that you may be experiencing hearing loss, you should make an appointment to see an audiologist as soon as possible. We offer free hearing tests and our experienced team can help to ensure that you find the best solution for your lifestyle.
Hidden Hearing is Ireland’s leading private provider of hearing care solutions, and our national network includes over eighty clinics. Simply contact Hidden Hearing online today, or pop into your local branch.