Giving and receiving Maintaining relationships is important at every age but, as people grow older, they may find it harder to access a social life and engage with others. Research tells us that older people generally have smaller social networks and their interactions may be mainly with family members. Older
A Sense of purpose On the Japanese island of Okinawa, the community’s mantra is ‘ikigai’ meaning a sense of purpose. They believe ‘ikigai’ is key to extending your lifespan as well as living a better life. There is also great research into this. An eleven year study followed healthy people
Buddhist lessons we can all learn “Buddhist practices can contribute to positive ageing” according to Kenneth Gergen who is the co-author of “Horizons in Buddhist Psychology”. Through simple breathing exercises and other practices of mindfulness and meditation, we can respond to the challenges of growing older with composure, balance and clarity.