This is an “excellent” program about end of life choices, presented at the recent meeting of Washington Area Village Exchange. The presentation is by Kim Callinan of the organization called Compassion and Choices.
The stairs are getting so hard to climb.
“Since my wife died, I just open a can of soup for dinner.
“I’ve lived here 40 years. No other place will seem like home.
These are common issues for older people. You may share the often-heard wish — “I want to stay in my own home!” The good news is that with the right help you might be able to do just that. Staying in your own home as you get older is called “aging in place.” This article contains suggestions to help you find the help you need to continue to live independently.
Click on the following link for more information:https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/aging-place-growing-older-home
For some good ideas about how to make a home dementia-friendly, click on this link: https://alzfdn.org/theapartment/
Buddhism offers 3 practices that increase our happiness as we grow older, and the author offers 2 more, supported by psychological research.
Much like contemplating death can neutralize the fear of it, it can help to acclimate yourself to the idea of losing professional skills before it happens.
To read an article in the Atlantic on this topic, click on the following link: https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2020/06/how-get-comfortable-professional-decline/612637/
For insights and resources, click on the following link: https://www.drugs.com/news/pandemic-adds-challenge-caring-loved-one-dementia-89344.html
To read about why some are ignoring distancing guidelines, click on the following link: https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/06/us/older-people-coronavirus-invincible-high-risk-wellness-trnd/index.html
For ideas on how to help older adults deal with loneliness while distancing, click on the following link: https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/26/opinions/coronavirus-loneliness-epidemic-seniors-newton-small/index.html
Look for these articles in the April edition
This is an excellent article from the Harvard Business Review about how all of us are struggling with (or will struggle with) grief related to the coronavirus epidemic. The author adds a sixth stage of grief to the Kuebler-Ross 5 that we usually think of as relating to both death and grief. His new set is: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance, and meaning.
Click on the following link to read the article: https://hbr.org/2020/03/that-
The concept of ibasho—a Japanese term meaning a place where one feels a sense of belonging and purpose, and is accepted as oneself—challenges prevalent perceptions about aging. The Ibasho approach recognizes elders as valuable assets to their community, empowering them to be active participants and changing the harmful outcomes created by society’s negative perceptions and expectations—social isolation, a loss of dignity and respect, and a sense of uselessness and irrelevance. This approach …(creates) a strong informal support system in which elders are the catalyst to strengthen social capital among community members of all ages.
Click on the following link to learn more: https://ibasho.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/150318Elders-Leading-the-Way-to-Resilience-Conference-Version.pdf