If there’s one thing Hugh Hefner has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt, it’s that age is merely a number. The 84-year-old Playboy tycoon solidified his reputation for living large no matter his age this holiday weekend, when he proposed to 24-year-old girlfriend Crystal Harris, according to the CNN Blog.
Whether or not you agree with Hef’s polygamous lifestyle, you must admit he has taken a bold approach to aging, refusing to allow his age to hinder his activities. While he certainly has an abundance of resources at his disposal to make aging-in-place a convenience, he still sets an example for living life to the fullest well into his senior years.
Certainly not every senior has a desire to party like a rockstar late into the night every weekend, but today’s seniors can take a nod from the Playboy mogul by continuing to participate in activities they’ve enjoyed throughout their lives. Today’s assisted living facilities, independent living communities, retirement homes and even nursing homes have embraced active aging, offering an array of activities to suit the many leisure preferences of modern seniors.
Aging can be a frustrating experience when it becomes challenging to continue participating in leisure and recreational activities that have always brought enjoyment. Many senior living communities offer the benefit of occupational and physical therapists — either on-staff or through a contractual agreement — who can aid seniors in creating modifications that allow them to maintain their previous level of activity without over-stressing the body.
So whether you choose to age in place or benefit from the community lifestyle of senior housing, if you decide to remarry at 84 or even take up bungee jumping (physician-approved, of course), remember that age is just a number, and you’re only as young as you feel.
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