The Groves BLOG
Posted on April 24, 2018 by Debi Pitcock

Spiritually Senior in The Groves

 

Most of us have accomplished the crux of our life purpose, living our lives by raising children and fulfilling a career. We have all had different life experiences, and if one engages in

conversation with a fellow resident, they will find that most feel very blessed with their life journey to present. And most have had many life lessons and experiences. It might be safe to say that most of us wish we knew what we know now, when we were much younger. Life “could” have been better and we may have made better/different choices. But, would we be the people we are today? Would we live here?

 

As residents of The Groves, we live in a virtual paradise. We have a safe and peaceful neighborhood that abounds with nature. Sitting on one’s lanai, taking a walk, enjoying the butterfly garden, playing a round of golf, and even driving into the neighborhood, to be greeted by Grovezilla, leaves one with an interaction with nature, whether it be an animal or some form of vegetation to appreciate. There is always some activity to participate in for social enjoyment. Or one can enjoy a peaceful day in the quiet of their home. It is quite a special place to live, especially at this particular time in our life path.

 

By nature of being a “senior citizen,” our life span wanes in front of us. The uncertainty of one’s future is more in the forefront of one’s mind, than ever before. We know, chronologically, we only have so many years left on this planet, and in our virtual paradise, in The Groves. “Bucket List” plans are made and fulfilled. Travel is enjoyed. Spending time with family and friends is important. Engaging in one’s choice of recreation is pursued with gusto. After all, life is short and YOLO! (You only live once). So let’s have the best life we can!

 

One may find that those who nurture their spiritual life enhance the quality of their life. The following excerpt is taken from an article from the website, seniorsmatter.com:

 

Religion and Spirituality Offer Both Mental and Physical Benefits

 

There are benefits to religiosity and spirituality. Drs. Kaplan and Berkman, writing for Merck and Co., cite research that shows that religion and spirituality are seen by elderly people as positive forces that help them face life with more resilience and hope; improve social and familial relationships; and cope with life stresses such as financial or health concerns. Another great benefit to older people who belong to a religion or spiritual group is a sense of community. They avoid social isolation; they do volunteer activities that keep them connected with others;  they have people who inquire as to their health and well-being with whom they can exchange ideas and information.

 

Religious and/or spiritual communities provide support networks that may help with practical needs such as meals and transportation in addition to emotional and mental support. Religious/spiritual practices also carry numerous physical health benefits.

 

The Merck study summarized other studies about religion, spirituality, and the elderly which have shown that “There is growing evidence that religious or spiritual practices may be associated with better physical health and greater longevity as well as better mental health and greater social support.” Research summarized in Mayo Clinic Proceedings indicated  nearly 350 studies of physical health and a full 850 studies of mental health show better health outcomes for the aged when religion and/or spirituality are at the core of their value systems.

 

Religious/spiritual people literally live longer, according to the Mayo Clinic report. This has been corrobrated by 18 studies. Less cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and lower blood pressure are found among the religious/spiritual. What is more, religious and/or spiritual people tend to exercise more, eat better, smoke less, use their seat belts, and attend preventive screenings.

 

Religious/spiritual people literally live longer, according to

Mayo Clinic Proceedings

The Journal of the American Medical Association published a study showing that organized religious activity (ORA) and nonorganized religious activity (NORA) resulted in fewer acute care hospitalization days and fewer hospitalizations in general, especially among women and African Americans. Religious and spiritual tendencies also predicted fewer days spent in long-term care among these groups.

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One can conceive that we are a threefold being: physical, mental, and spiritual. If we do not nourish each of these areas, they decline and atrophy. We must eat healthy foods, exercise, and drink water to nourish our physical side. We must engage in mentally stimulating activities that strengthen our brain. We can nourish our spirit by reading, listening to or watching spiritually informative programs, attending spiritual services, and by joining a small group that embraces one’s spiritual beliefs.

 

One must take care of oneself. Our bodies, minds and spirits need TLC. There is an old adage: if you don’t use it, you lose it. Invest in your spiritual life while you have the opportunity.

 

Thank You for Reading