Ageing Well

People are living longer, healthier lives. We all know that growing old is a natural process, but we can all feel differently about this. You may feel positive about it, or you may experience anxiety or a mixture of different feelings. You may also feel uncertain as to whether you will be able to maintain a good quality of life as you get older.

Getting older can sometimes bring added challenges. These might include:

  • Changes in your physical health
  • Extra responsibilities, such as being as a carer (for example to your grandchildren, other relatives or your partner)
  • Changes in your financial situation as you retire
  • A greater number of bereavements in your life
  • A change in your social support

Despite these challenges, many people in later life live satisfying lives. They are able to draw on life experience and wisdom to cope with these challenges. The rates of depression are no higher among older people.

A number of positive experiences can also come with ageing. Some of these may be that you:

  • Feel more comfortable in who you are as a person
  • Are able to spend more time with your family and build stronger relationships
  • Are able to pursue some of the interests you have always wanted to
  • Can learn new things
  • Can pass on some of your traditions and knowledge to others

There is lots of advice on keeping well as you get older, including:

  • Keeping fit and active
  • Having a good diet
  • Building and maintaining good relationships and social supports
  • Finding or continuing hobbies or interests
  • Having a sense of purpose / meaning in life

For more info on keeping well in later life visit:

Many people can worry about their memory as they get older. It is important to note that dementia is not a normal part of ageing. For more info if you are worried about your memory visit our self help section: worried about your memory