Growing old is different for everyone. Some people look forward to and enjoy it and others dread it. However, there are a few common factors that everyone who grows old must experience. Some of these inevitable things are good and some are bad, yet it is all left to the interpreter. Growing older is something that few people look forward too simply because it means that your time here on this earth is getting shorter. Aside from this, things like loss of memory- and teeth, aching joints, and muscles and thinning hair just means less to look forward to in terms of physical health and beauty. It helps to have loved ones around you as you age to help you get through the tough days.
Aging is a process and while some people look forward to it, others are in denial. Although no one wants to grow old, it is inevitable. There is, unfortunately, no fountain of youth that keeps people young indefinitely and so everyone must go through the motions of growing old, be it good or bad. Some people want to embrace the good part of getting old, which is things like retirement and all the discounts that a senior citizen gets once they reach a certain age. However, they don’t want to embrace the fact that their bodies will get just as old as their minds, in most cases and simple day to day tasks may become challenging. Like most things in life, this is unavoidable and it would be best to accept the fact that you are not going to be the same mentally and physically as you age.
How to Tell You’re Getting Old – Physical and Mental Changes
1. It is true that in most cases, your body deteriorates faster than your mind. That said, you will notice that your hair is thinning as you age. This is due to hormonal changes. For women, it usually starts after menopause. The best advice here is to take vitamins and minerals seriously and probably use a shampoo that adds body and shine.
2. Another common sign that you are getting old is the fact that your skin starts to sag. This is because your body starts to produce elastin and collagen. Since it does not have these proteins that allow the skin to contract after stretching, you also end up with “turkey neck”. It is advisable to take good care of your skin while you are still young. Don’t skimp on cleansing, exfoliating, toning, and moisturizing. This process could keep your skin looking younger for much longer.
3. Arthritis is a sure sign that you are growing old. This condition will have your knees and joints aching. Studies show that most sufferers of arthritis never seek treatment and this leads to extensive dysfunction. Walking will start to become painful if it is left untreated. Thereafter, exercising will become a thing of the past and your days will be reduced to little to no physical activity which is not good at all. So you should start taking better care of your joints from as early as possible.
4. Cracked heels, bunions, and calluses are unavoidable in old age. These conditions could be delayed if you avoid stilettos and uncomfortable shoes in your younger days. However, it will only slow the process down. Moisturizing your feet at bedtime though will have you feeling like a million bucks no matter what your age.
5. Your body slows down in old age. You may not notice it immediately, however, once you start showing up late for appointments or perhaps missing them altogether, you will notice that you are old. It will start taking you longer to do the usual things and this is something that you will have to make peace with.
6. Your cognitive functions start to diminish. However, bear in mind that diseases such as dementia don’t affect all old people like some youngsters believe. Many old people simply suffer from occasional memory loss, while others will develop conditions like Alzheimer and dementia. Living with these conditions is hard and makes simple, daily tasks hard. Some people with dementia even forget who their loved ones are.
How to Tell You’re Getting Old – Emotional Changes
1. Lots of old people experience regret. They have regrets about things they should or shouldn’t have said or done to others. They also have regrets about opportunities and dreams that have gone by unfulfilled. Even if you are someone that has always followed your heart and lived your life to the fullest, you will still have at least one or two regrets about the past. This is simply – life.
2. Many old people lose their sense of purpose in life. The things that they used to do like work and provide for their families no longer apply and they start to lose their enthusiasm for life. Their days seem routine and their circle of family and friends becomes smaller.
3. Becoming lonely and feeling depressed is something that is quite common in old age. This is especially true if your other half has passed on. You may also experience further loneliness if you are not surrounded by friends and loved ones. You may also worry about becoming a burden to friends and family as you age. This leads to undue stress and anxiety as you age.
Growing Old – The Good Part
One of the best things to look forward to in old age is your grandchildren. This is because you can truly enjoy them without having to worry about the sleepless nights and diaper changes. Seniors are also generally happier. This could be due to the fact that they are more comfortable in their own skin. This type of confidence only comes from going through life and overcoming obstacles. Retirement is another great benefit of old age. Most seniors choose to use this time to create lasting memories with family, friends and loved ones. Retirement also brings with it the opportunity to travel, fulfill a dream of yours or write a book, if that’s what makes you happy. Simple things like gardening, sun bathing and relaxing outside when you please are all a part of growing old.
Assisted Living Options in Old Age
There are many seniors who have lived independent lives and find it difficult to adjust after retirement. Most seniors refuse to leave their homes to stay at retirement villages and the likes, even when their significant others have passed on. This is mainly because their homes give them a sense of comfort because it is familiar and they would rather live out their golden years in their own home as opposed to a new facility. Lots of seniors also hate accepting the fact that they need help with the various thing in life. Many seniors need help with daily tasks like grocery shopping, cleaning up the house and cooking. Those who are forgetful may also need help in taking their medication and eating their meals on time. Not all seniors are old and grumpy, however, they tend to be set in their ways. So they like things being done a certain way. It is usually the way they have always done it.
The reality of the situation is that as much as your aging loved one may cherish what’s left of their independence, you will have to make a choice that is in their best interest for them. If you have a loved one that is old and cannot do simple tasks by themselves, you will definitely need to get help for them. The advantage of a home care is that your loved one does not need to leave the security and comfort of their home. A professional home care aide will come to their home and take care of them every day. This takes some pressure off you and ensures that you can concentrate on your job and other responsibilities, while your elderly loved one is in good hands.
Some of the things that the home care aide will take care of are helping with general chores, preparing meals for your loved one and ensuring that they take their medication on time. The home care aide will also ensure that they pick up groceries and other daily necessities that your senior loved one may need. However, more importantly, your elderly loved one needs companionship in their old age. The home care aide is there to provide conversation and a friend whom they can enjoy meals with. The home care aide will ultimately become a friend to your senior loved one. This will give them something to look forward to each day. Having someone to talk to and confide in each day means more to an aging loved one than anything else. So if you have an elderly loved one that you are worried about, in the Miami Dade county area, simply contact Miami Home Care Services ((305) 749-0445) and inquire about our home care aide options. Our services are fully screened and certified and we always go the extra mile to make sure your senior loved one is well taken care of.