Things My Parents Forgot To Mention About Aging

by | Aug 24, 2015 | Retirement, Uncategorized

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I celebrated a milestone birthday this year and with that came an overload of emotions I was under-prepared for. I dealt with it the best way I could; ice cream and Lifetime movies. I was visiting my parents when I decided to ask them if what I was experiencing was normal.

Good news, I wasn’t completely losing it! Well, the amount of Lifetime movies watched was still in question.

After confirming my sanity, I decided it may be in my best interest to ask for additional information on aging that perhaps I should be aware of.

Snap, crackle, pop. That’s the sound I make when I get out of bed every morning. I think it’s safe to say that as we age, our bodies don’t bounce back as quickly as they did once upon a time. Although the sound effects have become a part of my daily routine, incorporating daily exercise can help prevent or delay diseases and disabilities , including dementia. With aging comes health problems, it is an inevitable part of life. Keep as much strength, endurance, flexibility, and balance as you can.

What is the definition of lonely? Oxford Dictionary defines lonely as, “Lonely: sad because one has no friends or company”. Our careers provide us with a constant source of daily interaction that begins to dwindle at retirement. Loneliness triggers as our spouse and friends begin to pass away. So what can we do to beat this? I read that owning a pet can be a good option. Pets have the ability to offer companionship, reduce anxiety and loneliness, and provide a comfort system.

Just Relax? My life is structured Monday through Friday. I know where I need to be, what to do, and how to get it done.; my life currently has purpose. Eventually, I am going to be asked to give that up and relax? Retirement is to be a time of relaxation and care-free! Only 39% of people who are retired experience a current lifestyle that is less stressful than before. In fact, in a study completed by the American Institute, retirement is listed as 10th most stressful event. There are 260 working days a year, and for me, those days are planned (pending any major life changes). Retirement hits and now I have 260 “unplanned days” to go with my already 105 “unplanned days”. Can we say stress?

“We get a lot of our happiness from purpose and meaning in our lives,” writes Chicago psychologist Elizabeth Lombardo. There are inevitable parts to the aging process; health problems, loneliness and stress, yet I imagine the good that comes with it will make it worthwhile over time. If not, I can always get a dog.

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