Blog #1: What does Healthy Aging Mean to You?
By: Sandra Morgan Epps
Often times, people think that getting older means they can’t do the things they enjoy and at one point, I thought the same. When I think back to my younger years imagining how life would be at this point, it is nothing like I thought. I did not think I would be diagnosed with fibromyalgia or need to have a hip replacement and joint replacement in both knees. Both conditions have made it difficult to get around on my own. Living with disability was never part of how imagined my life. It’s not how I had things “planned.” After the initial shock of learning that I would have limited mobility wore off, I decided to take charge of my health and make sure my disability did not define me or stop me from doing the things I loved.
Living a healthy lifestyle is important to me, especially since I do have some health complications. When I had my hip and joint replacement in my knees, I started going to Lakeshore Foundation to regain strength. Although I am not able to do all of the things I once was able to, I have regained strength and wouldn’t have been able to walk had I not started working out. Going to Lakeshore Foundation (which is an accessible fitness center) has also spurred other healthy habits, such as eating a more balanced diet. Because of the healthy habits formed in my older years, I am able to still live a very full life and do most of what I enjoy.