We know aging can be a little gloomy of a topic, but at Ease Living we try to frame aging as just a progression in life—not bad, just normal. Sure, there are things to be frustrated about: limited mobility, aches and pains, and sometimes a lot of doctor’s appointments. But there’s also more time to engage in hobbies and activities, travel, and friends and family.
It can be hard at first to get used to new habits and routines, and for loved ones it can be difficult to watch parents or other loved ones need more help. However, a lot of these changes can be planned for an anticipated, without anticipating the worst. It’s of course unrealistic to think that nothing is going to change, but we can prepare ourselves or our loved ones with positive acceptance rather than negativity.
To ease these transitions and in anticipation of difficult conversations, make decisions and plans ahead of need. It’s empowering to make proactive decisions and timelines rather than waiting for something to happen. For example, moving into a smaller, one-story house when you decide to, instead of doing it after a fall. We can be honest and upfront with our parents, children, and other loved ones about our wishes and priorities before anyone has to make decisions under duress.
We’ve all watched people age, and we know what’s coming. Sticking your head in the sand and denying the inevitable can make it miserable. Instead, we encourage you to embrace the changes and take the opportunity to make the most of your time and energy. There are lots of great programs, equipment, and organizations that can make your journey enjoyable, but you’ll have to make the decision to go and find them!