In the span of a lifetime an individual plays many roles and fulfills responsibilities of a child, student, parent, worker and so on. As they progress towards the age of retirement, many individuals feel disheartened. Retirement, loss of loved ones especially spouse, physical decline, neglect from family etc are very difficult to cope with. How then do some elderly individuals stay happy in spite of such losses?
Aging successfully and happily is very much achievable with some changes in our attitude and lifestyle. It involves graceful acceptance of physical health and functional capacity as it is, not dwelling on bad decisions made earlier in life and having a forgiving heart. Engaging in learning and activities that promote personal growth, developing healthy interpersonal relationships and deriving a sense of purpose in life are very important tools for living with joy and satisfaction at this age. If you have an elderly person in your life, spend some time with them, accept them, respect them and involve them in your life. They will be happier and more than willing to share their wisdom, values and a host of other positive things with you. If you notice signs of depression or hopelessness, take them to a professional expert who can help them make changes in their life.
We all need help sometimes to embrace changes. And when you do, you need an empathetic listener who understands you and helps you discover your path. Please browse through the Frequently Asked Questions section for more information or contact me for a consultation.
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