Enjoy life to the fullest! Consider tips and techniques to make the most of and improve your quality of life. From preserving vision to reducing the risk of falls and staying active to spending time with a dog, there are a lot of ways to enhance and enjoy your life each and every day. International Quality of Life Month in January offers additional suggestions and resources, too.
International Quality of Life Month in January sheds light on how to improve quality of everyday life. You may be wondering, ‘how?’ Start with some simple suggestions that include regular healthcare visits and mobility aids and equipment to increase autonomy, but also consider adopting a new hobby- or even a pet. These strategies all contribute to quality of life and the overall enjoyment that you derive from regular activities.
Here are ways that you might focus on the quality of your own life:
Minimize The Risk Of A Fall
A nasty fall can have irreversible impacts on everyday life. Falls are the leading cause of accidental death among seniors. Preserve health and quality of life by reducing the risk of falls and curbing subsequent injuries. Falls can have repercussions that may manifest over time, too, including mental stress, fear, and anxiety, to long-term physical implications, including illness and infection.
To reduce your own risks, make sure to have your eyes and vision checked at least once a year to ensure you don’t stumble or fall from poor eyesight. Also, wear well-fitting and non-slip footwear around the home, keeping a clear path to easily navigate the environment. Medications can have side effects, like loss of coordination, that could cause you to fall; talk to your doctor or provider to learn more.
Active aging is a term that relates to the consideration of holistic well-being when it comes to quality of life. This mindset takes mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional health into account when assessing everyday living. Experts agree that staying engaged with others and active can prevent a wide range of illnesses and health problems plaguing older individuals.
Socialization and connection to others should not be underestimated. Loneliness can contribute to health issues that eventually erode overall health and well-being. Pets can make fine companions for individuals that are able to care for and afford them. If you sense someone is alone without a lot of support, do not be afraid to reach out; if they decline your kind offers, keep trying.
Mobility aids and devices make it feasible for those with physical limitations to regain independence and move about freely. If you struggle with a disability or health issue that impedes accessibility and mobility, speak with your healthcare provider to learn more about aids that can change lives for the better.
Boredom can be debilitating, particularly if you are accustomed to being busy. Now is the perfect time to develop and find hobbies that bring some welcome respite during the times when you are feeling restless or bored. Depending on what you like, hobbies are also a great way to make connections with like-minded people, fostering social interaction and friendship. Join groups, either in person or online, to chat and talk about what you love- whether it is art or books, collecting, or fishing!
Hobbies can also help you to find purpose in life, which can contribute to overall contentment and satisfaction with quality of life. Purpose is what gets us out of bed in the morning. As we age, many of the purposes and responsibilities of younger years are no longer pertinent. Children grow, seniors retire, and friends or family lose contact. How do you find purpose in everyday living?
Being of service to others is an excellent way to find and foster a sense of purpose. Volunteer at an organization or business that you support. Talk to Area Agencies on Aging to find opportunities in your distinct area.
It bears repeating that putting health first is an effective way for improving quality of life. By preserving and maintaining your own health and wellness, you can live longer and on your own terms. Aging in place refers to making your own decisions pertaining to where and how you will live out your ‘golden years’ without the added barriers and obstacles presented by health problems. Furthermore, when you are healthy, you feel better which directly impacts the quality of your everyday lifestyle. Chronic issues like pain or illness can negatively affect your mental health, too.
How is your quality of life? Consider adopting some of these tips and tactics to improve the quality of your own life. Reach out to the mobility professionals at Pacific Mobility if you have physical limitations or disabilities to learn more about devices and aids that can contribute to accessibility, and enhancing everyday living.
President, Husband, Father, Grandfather Graduate of UC Davis- Bio Sci Major- Go Aggies! Jeff has extensive experience in all of Pacific Mobility’s products and services, and specializes in accessibility products as well as stairlifts, ceiling lifts and custom wheel chairs. His hobbies include spending time with family, gardening, mountain biking, exercising and off road motorcycle riding.
24 years as Owner/President of Pacific Mobility Center – selling, installing, and servicing stairlifts, porch lifts, ceiling lifts, pool lifts, handicap ramping, specialty wheelchairs, scooters, power wheel chairs, and other power mobility devices
Certified Environmental Access Consultant since 2008
Licensed General Contractor since 1998
Certified Aging in Place Specialist since 2016
Board Member for Home Access Professionals
Member of Association of Members of the Accessibility Equipment Industry (AEMA)