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Why Senior Citizens Need to Remain Social

Why Senior Citizens Need to Remain Social

As we all age, many things are important to keep us healthy and happy. Of course, we need to eat healthy foods, limit our consumption of alcoholic beverages and keep as active as we can, depending on the health of our bodies. To keep moving allows us keep healthy for longer periods of time, and stave off illness. What is re-socialization? Another important part of the aging process that doesn’t get enough attention is re-socialization. As we transition into new periods in our lives, social norms and expectations may change. If we are no longer able to do certain tasks on our own, it may be difficult to ask for help, but in the end we must accept that our relationship with our families, neighbors, and friends as well as the nurses who help us, is changing so we also must meet the challenge. We hope that the rest of the world changes with us, but that is not always the case.   As an example, venturing into the city using public transportation can be quite the experience for many seniors. How many of you find it challenging to stand while the bus or subway is moving? Has someone offered to give you their seat? Did you accept this kind gesture?   These are just a few aspects of re-socializing that you may want to reflect upon because you will notice that strangers will begin to perceive you differently. Even close family may do this, whether you have a medical condition or a different outlook on life. You need to take charge of how you interact with others!  ...
How to grow older with purpose and grace

How to grow older with purpose and grace

  For some of us, aging is not something we look forward to. The aging process involves slower cell regeneration, aches and pains.  There is another approach to aging that celebrates our accomplishments, experiences and the people we have grown to know and love. Are you a half-full or half-empty type of person? A lot of how we view aging has to do with our outlook on life in general. Of course, some of us have had a tougher time getting to our golden years, whether we lived through a war, suffered through economic recessions or had to deal with loss in our lives.   Our resilience as humans allows us to respond to hardship as well as joy and easy living. Everyone should embrace the wonders that their bodies our going through as they age.     Accepting our changing bodies   Let’s talk about what happens when our bodies don’t work like they used to… Have you woken up one day and found it more difficult to sit up in bed and slide your feet into your slippers? You try to think about what you could’ve done to get sore muscles or stiff joints…and you can’t think of anything! This may mean one of many things: you could have osteoporosis, arthritis, or a simple case of dehydration.   Before you overreact, you are probably feeling something that has taken some time to develop, and are just noticing now. This usually happens when someone leads a very active lifestyle and then experiences pain when they usually would not. Maybe it takes a little longer to recover from a...
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