If we’re lucky, growing old is a part of life. Getting to see the world change, watching ourselves change, seeing our families grow and our loved ones evolve — growing old is something to be revered, but it’s a hard reality to face.
The aging process is such a bitter pill to swallow that many people try to avoid it as much as possible. People sign up for Botox, buy anti-wrinkle cream, dye their hair, take medications that promise youth and vitality, and the list could go on and on. Part of growing older is accepting that we can’t do what we once did, and it feels as though we’ve been lied to, not knowing that in our younger years, the youth we were taking for granted wouldn’t stay.
The aging process is one of either acceptance or denial, and in the event that a person chooses the latter, their experiences and even their personal safety can be at risk — such as continuing to drive when the motor functions are no longer as strong, or going up and down the stairs instead of installing a stairlift. The stigma of older age is a fierce one, but Able Care Group can offer some guidance on how to make this transition easier.
In older age, it can be very challenging to keep up with social engagements. Loss of friends and family members, loss of mobility or ability to get around — these are heavy losses that cannot be taken lightly. By making concerted efforts to stay social, talking to at least one person a day, we are not only able to express the concerns and worries and disappointments we’re experiencing, we are also helping our health.
Loneliness is not just a mental battle — it’s been proven to affect our physical health. Reports have shown that people who are lonely are more likely to develop cancer, heart disease, strokes, and neurodegenerative diseases. We feel more alive and energized when we interact with people who we care about. Staying social might not reverse the aging process, but it can keep us healthier and happier, which certainly helps.
Anyone who has experienced joint pain or stiffness knows that things get worse after times of inactivity. When we start to feel aches and pains on a regular basis, we feel even more aware of our age, and that can leave us feeling resentful, or with a “why bother?” attitude. When we build regular activity into our day-to-day lives, we’ll probably still feel some pain, but it will be less intense and last for less amounts of time. Our energy levels also naturally increase when we workout regularly.
There are plenty of low-impact physical activities that give us the benefits of exercise without the higher risk of injury. Yoga, swimming, pilates, walking, and cycling are all great activities that can help us have a better quality of life and feel less conscious of our age.
Talk to Someone
Whether you’re happy, sad, disappointed, dismayed, angry, or any other emotion towards growing older, it’s a good thing to talk about it with someone. Talking about your feelings and experiences helps you process them, and someone might be able to offer some insight that could make you feel better.
Feel like you don’t know anyone to talk to who can truly understand? Find a list of support groups in New Jersey here. There are lots of groups that you can reach out to who can provide you with the emotional help you deserve.
Make Your Life Easier
All too often, we reject help because we don’t want to seem weak or incapable. This becomes even more challenging in older age, because we start to realize that we actually are no longer as capable as we once were. It can be so easy to retreat from certain things that only “old people” use. Handrails in the bathroom, assistance with housekeeping, stairlifts in the home — all of these things can be interpreted by some as a sign of weakness in our old age, but they actually can make life so much easier.
What if instead of feeling like you had to trudge up the stairs and gingerly (and fearfully) go down them again, you got a stairlift? What if instead of having to prove to others or to yourself that you’re not old, you accepted the fact that a stairlift would make your life easier? You’d likely love the purchase and feel like you’re getting so much time, energy, and accessibility back.
Putting our ego aside is no easy feat, but when we learn to accept where we’re at in life and do what we can to adapt, things aren’t as scary. With Able Care Group, we can help you better adjust to your needs in older age with mobility solutions technology that matters. Get in touch with our team today, and remember that aging is just another part of the journey, and one that deserves to be enjoyed.