Friday, July 4, 2008

the twilight years

I read a article a long time ago. The author speaks of low-income students who
-don't have positive experiences
-do not appreciate their own value
-do not believe they fit into the system
-don't know where they are supposed to be in life
-their lives do not have value
-they do not have goals.

This photo shows our friend who continues to work the garden of one retirement home. It keeps her healthy and happy.

It strikes me that this is the condition of many of our seniors. As they age, they have not adapted to aging bodies. Sometimes they are unable to adapt or cannot understand why their bodies have let them down. This find their physical limitations provide a barrier to a life well-lived. Quality of life changes with the aging process. It is difficult for those with the early stages of dementia, for example, to comprehend their situations.

Many seniors deny their ill-health and make their situations worse for both themselves and their loved ones. Unfortunately, high blood pressure is symptomless and women, especially, need to be monitored for this disease as it cannot always be predicted and is underdiagnosed. The Heart & Stroke Foundation has a great website that allows one to identify your risk and find ways to prevent or control high blood pressure.

We know that all of us benefit by health living choices. The vagaries of old age can be ameliorated by changing aspects of our lifestyle. But these changes are difficult when set in our ways.
  • Eating well
  • Getting active (30 - 60 min./day)
  • Watching your weight
  • Living Smoke Free
  • Reducing stress
  • Reducing fats and sugars
For those afflicted with psychosocial issues, they may be unable to make and changes and family and friends must assist them. Of course, prevention is the best answer.

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