Tips for Healthy Relationships in Older Adulthood: 5

Tip 5: Set clear boundaries for all relationships and stick to them. 

Setting boundaries in relationships is crucial to keeping those relationships healthy.  Sometimes, even the people we love the most can cross certain relationship boundaries that make us uncomfortable or anxious.  

Older adults must especially set and keep boundaries around relationships to ensure that these relationships are reciprocal and healthy. 

Certain rights in relationships are non-negotiable and require strict and clear boundaries, such as having the right to express your feelings without judgment, to live free from fear and abuse, and to end a relationship if it’s not healthy. 

However, other boundaries are not as clear and often require us to think about what’s most important to us in relationships. Do you value your independence? Is it important for you to engage in activities on your own? 

Read more about healthy and unhealthy boundaries in relationships here.