On the Way to Retirement: Preparing Yourself for ChangeTerohan Nula June 4, 2015 0 COMMENTS
Aging is a time of change that involves modification of your existing living arrangements. Assessing new housing needs is an important part of making sure that you will continue to prosper as you get older. This may mean modifying your current home to make it safer or moving to a facility that offers health support and other social options.
Whether you’re relocating to a retirement community or considering home care assistance, planning for the new living set-up usually goes together with handling some loss in your level of independence. It is perfectly understandable that the idea of losing it can bring feelings of shame, fear, and confusion. It is best to acknowledge the changes in your situation to lead a happy and fulfilling life.
Your Negative Feelings
When you realize that you can’t do the things you were able to do before, it is normal to feel confused or overwhelmed. You may also feel guilty at the idea of being a burden to your loved ones, or wish for the way things and life used to be. It is important to admit these feelings and keep an open mind to better cope with the change. This will also help you prolong the other aspects of your independence longer.
The New Possibilities
Family and friends may offer suggestions about senior housing changes and other ways that can improve your way of living. Instead of just ignoring or dismissing them immediately, be open to the new possibilities and discussions. In some cases, the new experiences and things can result in finding new interests and developing friendships.
Accepting and Giving Help
It is sometimes difficult to find a balance between getting help and maintaining independence. It is important to remember, however, that many people will feel glad to help you. If it will make things easier, return other people’s help by doing a few tasks or chores you are comfortable doing. Offer your time to others, while also expanding your network.
Aging or retirement shouldn’t keep you from leading a rewarding life. It can help to look honestly at the aspects of retirement that scare you. Bring these issues to the attention of your loved one to discuss how you can better deal with the challenges. Moreover, make sure to choose a living arrangement that will help you thrive and be happy.