Here, in this category, is the place where you - Seniors can explore the changes and challenges that come with this new era of your life. Like it or not, we continue to age as those birthdays accumulate. And with that aging, comes more reliance on other members of our families. The choices we make can help or hinder the care that we have available to meet our increasing needs.
The Fear of Losing Independence
As Seniors, we don't like to think about losing our independence. But it gradually happens as we age. Chores that we easily did when younger now become activities that drain our energy. Some become impossible for us to do. We find the many times we have to ask for help.
When we as Seniors have to ask for help
When we need help, we tend to first reach out to our children. At first, it's a drive to the hospital for a test that won't let us drive afterward. Then we find medications and age tend to make us more forgetful. We ask them to help us with things like taxes and doctor visits so that nothing is forgotten.
The changes for Seniors in Retirement
In those early days of retirement, we will find that our lives and our children's lives tend to move in different directions. We are learning a new way of life without regular work, while our children are focused on career and raising children. We may move to a new location or they may move due to career needs. Initially, that separation is one of missing each other, but as we age, we find we may need their help and will have to consider moving nearer to one another.
Preparation Seniors Need to Make
Thinking ahead, there is much we can do to prepare for those years when we need more help. Along with this, is making sure we've taken care of paperwork that may be needed for our care later. We are the ones who need to think about what our care needs might be. We may have had the care of our parents and know what was good and bad in that situation. Now is the time to start giving our children items of ours that they would like to have. Do we need that huge soup pot any longer? Are there tools we will never use now that they could use?
Choices Seniors Make that Help us Keep Independence
Each step and change we make is a challenge, as we Seniors give away more and more of our former independence. The choices we make can minimize the load we place on our children. This is one way we can still keep some control of our lives. Here options and possible bits of help are explored.
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