Who says aging requires being serious? You can stay young for as long as you choose to. In fact, the older you get, the better it is to take things less seriously. Yes, trust me, a contented and carefree spirit is the key to healthier and happier aging.
Why we should stay playful as we age
Aging is natural; to cope with the changes in our bodies, getting involved in healthy interactive activities, gain social exposure, keep busy by learning how to deal with aging.
The older you get, the more playful you should get just as George Bernard Shaw once said1:
“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.”
..and halloween is the perfect time to practice ;)
Forget the social perceptions of aging and the protocols; it is high time we overcome the stereotypes attached to specific ages, races, and genders. Since Halloween is around the corner, several activities can be planned at home or senior wellness centers for our older adults to enjoy2.
1. Set the mood
To feel the true spirit of Halloween, you cannot do so in the dull and drab atmosphere that you have been witnessing throughout the year. Get geared up to decorate inside and outside your house to bring the Halloween feeling right where you are. Hit the nearby store and purchase décor items that you can conveniently put on display.
2. Play your heart out
If you do not feel like roaming on the streets on Halloween night, you can plan indoor activities. It may include board games or any games of their choice. Why not try pumpkin bowling or give a thought to your very own trick or treating.
3. Bake or cook something yummy
In addition to décor, food is what can make you enjoy Halloween just like your younger years. Cupcakes with the Halloween theme or some desserts can be prepared to enjoy festivity and togetherness 5. If you have kids or grandkids coming over for Halloween, they can also join in. If this feels like a lot of work, order something fancy.
4. Dress-up for the right vibes
Halloween is not Halloween without the customized costumes. Being playful can be experienced best in your customized outfit. Go crazy with your idea of a perfect Halloween costume to enjoy it to the fullest. Once you dress up and feel the Halloween vibes, you will feel like enjoying the other activities too.
5. Spooky Storytelling
One of the things all humans have in common is the fondness and ability to attach to stories and narratives, and older adults are no exception. Whether you are celebrating Halloween with others your age, or you have little ones coming over for a holiday, come up with scary yet engaging stories for the night. Share spooky stories from Halloween from when you were young, our differing generational experiences are one of the greatest gifts we have to share.
Mon Tonton - Playfully young at heart
Local communities focused on wellness, like Mon Tonton, plan and organize activities for older adults in retirement. We’re on a mission to help keep retired adults busy with engaging social activities.
Whether you opt for aging at home or some form of assisted living. The way you age is a choice that you need to make for yourself. Be curious and get informed about the risks of social isolation. Be the light-hearted person who faces the problems head front and tosses them away. Such a person not only makes life easier for themselves but also for friends and family.
Make this Halloween different and continue in playful spirits in the long run!