Top 5 Benefits of Getting Older

If your life were a cake, then your younger years would be preoccupied with mixing flour, a few eggs, sprinkling in some sugar, and baking it at just the right temperature in the hopes that you produce a foundation worth savoring. If your life was a cake and your youth was about baking, then the later years are when you get to add the icing.

And the icing — as everybody knows — is the best part.

Did you know there is statistical proof to support the fact that people get happier as they get older? Pop culture tastemakers work overtime to convince the world that young people are having a better time than the elderly, but they’re wrong. All those people lamenting the lost joy of their younger years should look forward to the future, because the best is yet to come. After all, there’s a reason they’re called the golden years.

1. Wisdom Makes Your Entire Life Easier

Wisdom is considered a step above just plain, old intelligence because wisdom is knowledge combined with experience. At a certain age, you begin to understand that real-world experience is infinitely valuable, but that it can only be gained over time. Once you’ve reached an age where you’ve got some real wisdom under your belt, everything just seems a little less complicated.

2. You’re Less Concerned With Life’s Big Questions

So much of the time you spend as a young person is devoted to pondering (and eventually solving) life’s big questions. Will you find the right partner in life? Will you have kids? Will you be a good parent? By the time you’ve got a little grey in your hair, the odds are good you've put most of those questions to bed. There’s nothing left to do but enjoy yourself.

3. You Are More Confident

The newest fashion trend is something that silly, young people are worried about. Getting older means you don’t have to worry about what other people think. You have the freedom to dress however you want. Focus on comfort or utility–inject some joie de vivre into your wardrobe. The choice is yours! Be confident in your everyday choices whether they encompass what you wear or what you do.

4. You Can Spend More Quality Time With Your Family

You’ve spent the last thirty to forty years working to build a family and raise your children into responsible, caring adults. Any parent knows that raising children is rewarding, but it’s also a lot of work. Now that you’re into your retirement years, you can spend time with your children and your grandchildren without the extra responsibility of “parenting.” Aging means that you can sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

5. You Are More Financially Stable

Do you remember the days of living paycheck to paycheck and that ominous thought of, “What if I can’t pay my bills?” Well those days are long behind you. Now you find yourself easily saving money and able to spend it on the things you want - rather than just things you need. Whether you put that down payment on a new car or bought those tickets to Aruba - you now have the freedom to do more than ever before!

Root Your Happiness in Presbyterian Homes

For more than a century, Presbyterian Homes has committed itself to doing our part to add to the joys of old age. We’ve built a team of compassionate professionals who dedicate themselves to making your golden years precisely that: golden.

In Evanston, Lake Forest, and Arlington Heights, Illinois, our independent, not-for-profit, faith-based retirement communities are beloved by our residents and their families. Because getting older is going to be the best time of your life, there’s Presbyterian Homes.

Contact us today and find out how our first-class retirement homes can help you get the most out of your life.