Although most people look forward to retirement problems associated with aging and other life circumstances can sometimes make the “golden years” far from glamorous. Unfortunately, millions of seniors every year deal with physical, mental and emotional challenges that keep them from enjoying fulfilling lives. On the other hand, finding ways to overcome those obstacles is the key to living a happier, healthier life. If you have a senior loved one who’s not living life to the fullest here’s how to help them get back on the right track.

Common Challenges for the Elderly

These are some of the more common challenges that older Americans face:

  • Changes to their physical and mental health
  • Rising healthcare costs
  • Elder abuse
  • Financial insecurity
  • Loss of a spouse or other close loved one
  • Social isolation and loneliness

Based on a recent Pew Research Center study, over 25% of all seniors (age 60+) in the US live alone. For many not having anyone else in the household keeps them from staying active and socially engaged.

Tips for Living a More Fulfilling Life

At any age there seems to be a correlation between happiness, wellness and quality of life. If you’re a senior, here’s how to get your zest