Passing It On

Living Independently as a Senior Citizen

By Linda Buroker | Dec 24, 2013
Linda Buroker

What does the expression “independent living” mean to you?  How and where you are going to live is probably the first thing that comes to mind. Some seniors dream of condominiums in Florida or retirement communities in Arizona, but most dream of staying in their own homes. These dreams seldom include thoughts of senior housing, assisted living or long-term care facilities.

Forget about where you are going to live for just a minute, and think about independent living in a broader sense.  Independent living is really about being able to make choices about your future. The choices that you make today could very well determine how and where you will live tomorrow.

As we grow older, health and well-being take on a new dimension. Remaining strong, healthy, and mentally sharp becomes a priority. The understanding that your life could change in a heartbeat must factor into every decision made.  From now on, it is all about making the right choices.

What are you willing to do to make sure that you will remain strong and independent?  How you think and how you act now will ultimately determine how well you age. Aging successfully doesn’t just happen. It takes commitment and it takes work, a lot of work.

Are you ready to get started? Advice about medical examinations, exercise programs, and mental stimulation are just the tip of the iceberg; the rest will be up to you.

Often the decision to age successfully requires one to make some major changes; even if one has been pretty good about taking care of oneself in the past.

It is very possible that you may need to leave your comfort zone, and the choices you make will be the differences between sabotaging your efforts to live independently and having happy, successful golden years.

My dream is to remain as strong and independent as I can possibly be, and I hope that is your dream, too. Join me on my blog: (www.lmb.typepad.com/smart_senior) to explore and share ideas about how to make this happen.

Linda Buroker is a retired RN with a diploma in nursing, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and graduate studies in Educational Psychology and Gerontology. After working exclusively with seniors during the last 20 years of her career, she came to believe that seniors are capable of and deserve a better life than is being offered to them.

Linda is passionate about senior issues and now writes a blog about successful aging and independent living. (www.lmb.typepad.com/smart_senior)

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