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Aging Well is Not for Sissies!
Posted: 12/22/2015 8:54 AM by
Getting older certainly has its rewards. We all like to think that our long history of various experiences has made us wise enough to make better decisions. Retirement has its moments, and grandchildren are a great source of joy and happiness.
Then there are the challenges.
We don't feel old in our thoughts.
Just because we can remember the 1960s doesn't mean we are over the hill!
There are health issues, both acute and chronic, that need to be managed. Seems like there are doctor’s appointments on the calendar every week, sometimes more than one! And all these handfuls of pills to take, keep track of and pay for, it's just too much sometimes.
Those of us born between 1940 and 1960 are considered to be the Baby Boomer generation. This generation saw more changes in the American way of life than any other before or since.
After the war, many servicemen came home and built new lives, getting married, attending school on the GI Bill, taking on mortgages and raising families. The nuclear family and tree lined suburbs became the new norm. Dad went off to work each day and Mom stayed home to care for the kids. Dinner was on the table every night at 6pm.
We ate meat and potatoes with vegetables from our garden. We knew all of our neighbors well.
Mom shopped in locally owned stores, and knew the butcher, the baker, the pharmacist by name. We believed our government was for the people. We had a confidence then about the way life was going to turn out. We were a generation who fought for the American way and we were proud to be living it well.
Times changed radically in the '70s, and have continued changing ever since. Some of us look at the world today and barely recognize it. Some of us barely recognize ourselves!
We have tried and failed to keep up with technology. It’s hard to understand this new generation who don't speak to each other face to face, only by text or IM or some horrible website where everyone shares their most banal thoughts and unflattering photos.
None of this makes sense. It can cause a person to feel quite vulnerable and weak. Our old confidence is shaken and we wonder what will happen when we can no longer keep up with all of this? What happens when we are no longer able to care for ourselves?
Of course, long ago there was a retirement plan, but when we made that plan we were unaware of the challenges we'd be facing, or what real life would be like in our later years.
Perhaps the greatest challenge is overcoming fear. We are afraid the house will fall down around our ears because we are not able to do the things we used to do. We are afraid we won’t be able to care for ourselves and maintain independence.
Knowing that comprehensive home care services are available in our community goes a long way towards reassuring us that we can continue to be comfortable here at home.
We are glad to know that we don’t have to do it all ourselves- help is a phone call away!
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