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We all have to contend with issues as we age, we all have our own individual rates of decline, and as we lose the inevitable fight whether it is due to life-threatening illness or due to natural causes, there are ways we can make life a bit more comfortable for us. And as life doesn’t have to be a difficult, slippery slope after the age of 65, there are little things we can do not only to make life a bit easier in terms of our coping methods but also to get a bit more enjoyment out of the little things…
Looking After Your Senses
These are the first things we notice as we hit the mid-life period but, of course, we can make the most of the tools we have at our disposal. Not just get glasses and hearing aids to make life easier for us, but we can also train our eyes to see better without using glasses. The efficacy of this is disputed in some circles, but it does help you when it comes to your focus which is an essential skill to keep on using as we age for the sake of our minds.
Dealing With The Stigma Of Old Age
This is something a lot of us have problems getting you head around and especially with the aforementioned hearing aid it is something that used to stick out like a sore thumb. But now there are hearing aids that are barely visible. And for those who are struggling to come to terms with their age you can use all the hair dyes that you want and dress as young as you feel, it still may take some time to get over the fact that you are “old.” But the horrid truth is that we all need to embrace how old we are. Of course, we see plenty of people going through midlife crises, and we silently mock them, but how would you feel if the tables were turned? It may take time, but we all become more comfortable in our own skin eventually.
Worrying About Our Mortality
This is the big one, of course. As we age we do begin to question the little things in life such as if we have much time left on this planet. And as you may think you’re spending more time at friends’ funerals rather than doing anything else, it can begin to weigh heavy on your mind. In these instances it’s important for you to get out and be more social, as staying in and mulling over this type of stuff is unhealthy and is a common trait of people over a certain age. As loneliness can lead to depression, it can put you into a bad cycle of doubt and anxiety. Being as social as you possibly can is one way to alleviate these types of problems, and always remember there is someone you can talk to.
As we age things start to decline such as our memory power and physical abilities, but it is a myriad of anxieties to contend with. So if we can look after our senses and do what we can to reduce our fears it will make for a more enjoyable time in our twilight years.
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