To be independent is a wonderful thing . Everyone benefits when we all do our own thinking and create the life we want to live. 

 

Independence  is important because when each partner brings his or her individual interests to the table, they have a chance to experience things they wouldn't normally pursue as an individual.  But having our individual and unique interests is equally important.

An increase in self-confidence means that you trust yourself to be competent in the situations you confront, and a boost in self-esteem gives a positive outlook on yourself. Learning independence instills confidence because you believe in the knowledge and capacities you possess to deal with any challenge.

We naturally become more independent as we progress through life. As we get older, it is even more important to stay independent.

Many reasons to be independent include:

  1. It boosts your self-confidence and self-esteem
    An increase in self-confidence means that you trust yourself to be competent in the situations you confront, and a boost in self-esteem gives a positive outlook on yourself. Learning independence instills confidence because you believe in the knowledge and capacities you possess to deal with any challenge.

  2. It decreases the burden you place on family, friends, and society
    If you are capable of meeting your own needs with the help of technology, you don’t have to depend on others for help. Instead of being a burden, you lighten the load of others.

  3. It turns you into an asset to help other people
    It is not bad to need help. Everyone needs it at some point. But, with independence comes the ability to care for yourself and help other people with the knowledge and abilities you have. People learn to trust you as a beneficial resource and look to you for assistance.

  4. It enhances your reputation among friends and colleagues
    When you prove that you are independent, other people view you positively as a contributor to society rather than a dependent. Today, reputation determines how far you can go in life. Independence creates a powerful reputation.

  5. It leads to financial freedom
    Financial independence means that you control your income and expenditure and you are not answerable to anybody. You can provide for yourself and prepare for the future. Financial uncertainty is frightening, but independence is empowering.

  6. It gives you social independence and dexterity
    The world we live in is social both in face-to-face situations and online in social media. Sociability is essential to being human, and being independent provides you with the ability to maneuver in society and mingle with people. This enables friendships, networking, and collaboration.

  7. It makes you physically capable of caring for yourself and others
    Despite disabilities, the more physically able you make yourself, the better you are able to deal with situations in your environment.

  8. It makes you mobile rather than confined within your community. This means that you are able to freely act, move, and operate as you see fit. You are not bound to your current circumstances, but can alter your future for the better.

 

The prepare to live better campaign is encouraging people to keep active, stay independent and plan for their future care. It’s never too early to start planning .

Good nutrition prolongs independence by maintaining physical strength, mobility, endurance, hearing, vision, and cognitive abilities. 

  1. Nutrition Education Goals

    1. To create positive attitudes toward good nutrition and physical activity and provide motivation for improved nutrition and lifestyle practices conducive to promoting and maintaining the best attainable level of wellness for an individual.

  2. To provide adequate knowledge and skills necessary for critical thinking regarding diet and health so the individual can make healthy food choices from an increasingly complex food supply. To assist the individual to identify resources for continuing access to sound food and nutrition information.
  3. Nutrition Education Content 
    The Dietary Guidelines, which include maintenance of a healthy weight, daily physical activity, food safety, and moderation of alcohol intake should serve as the framework for all nutrition education activities. The Dietary Guidelines can be found here.
    A nutrition education program makes available information and guidance pertaining to:

    1. Food, including the kinds and amounts of food that are required to meet one's daily nutritional needs.

    2. Nutrition, including the combination of processes by which the body receives substances necessary for maintenance of its functions and for growth and renewal of its components, i.e., ingestion, digestion, absorption, metabolism, and elimination.

    3. Behavioral practices, including the factors which influence one's eating and food preparation habits.

    4. Consumer issues, including the management of food purchasing­ power to obtain maximum food value for the money spent.

    5. Information on physical activity.

    6. Information on the roles of nutrition and physical activity in maintaining health and independence, and preventing or managing chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and arthritis.

  4. Nutrition Education Activities 
    Nutrition education consists of activities which provide visual and verbal information and instruction to participants or participants and caregivers in a group or individual setting. The presentations or activities may be led by an RD or ICE, or someone else overseen by an RD or individual with comparable expertise (ICE; see definition under Section VIIB Staffing). The minimum length of one nutrition education presentation is five minutes.