Coping With Aging Issues
Some of us stay generally healthy, some of us have to deal with debilitating and chronic illnesses. Again, try not to go to the past, but stay in the present and focus on what you can do. Make your life as enriched as you can, even if you can’t leave your home alone, even if you spend much of your time in bed or can no longer walk or get around on your own. If you can no longer read, listen to books on tape, listen to music, record your life stories for your family, and again, invite people to visit you. If you withdraw from life, everything is that much harder. If you need to rest, then rest, but try and achieve as much stimulation as you can on any given day. A major adjustment for many people is the loss of income, followed by downsizing. Some people embrace downsizing, many others find it depressing. Think about the pluses of downsizing. Use this as an opportunity to give away anything you never really liked that much. Think about what you really want or need. If you have been storing items for years and not using them, you probably don’t need them. While many may grieve getting rid of possessions, many also find that it is nice not be owned by their possessions. Let someone else enjoy them. If you have to move in with family or into a facility, make your room a reflection of who you are and surround yourself with the things that make you smile. Remember, it is your turn to be older, wiser and revered by those younger than yourself. Enjoy your wisdom that comes with years, and make aging a process to embrace and enjoy. You are the role model for the next generation, and they are just behind you.
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