Celebrating and maintaining your independence

February 1, 2022

It’s National Senior Independence Month! Here are a few ways you can help yourself stay independent while planning ahead to maintain your independence for as long as possible.

1. Stay active with friends and activities. 

It’s never too late to learn new hobbies or meet new people. Physical activity can build strength and flexibility, while socialization reduces isolation that can cause anxiety, depression, and sleeplessness. Around Town DC has a wide variety of activities to try, including communal lunch, fitness and art classes, special events, and much more. Check out our calendar and sign up today!

2. Consider what staying independent looks like for you down the road. 

You may be comfortable in your home today–but is your home ready for you as you get older? Thinking ahead about how you will navigate stairs, access the bathroom, and other factors are critical for staying independent in the years to come. Read our tips for aging in place and one woman’s advice for accepting and treating your body well as you get older.

3. Plan ahead as much as you can. 

Although we all want to stay independent for as long as possible, no one can truly age alone. Talk with friends and family about your end-of-life wishes and put your advance directive in place. You may also want to consider downsizing and building up your support network. Our self-guided Aging Solo program is a great tool for helping you take action steps on all these fronts.