Growing old is something that nobody wants to think about, but it’s an inevitability that we all have to face eventually. However, the process can be slow and we might not take notice of it until it’s too late.
Just think about what life was like a couple of years ago. Remind yourself the things that have changed, the difficulties you encounter now that you didn’t before and the habits you built over time which lead to you feeling older.
To help illustrate this point, we’ve put together three different signs that you’re aging and may soon need help around the house.
You’re starting to feel stiff and tired more often
Conditions like arthritis are a serious issue for seniors. It causes pain, discomfort and ultimately makes us feel like our bodies are stiff and tired. If you feel like you might be suffering from arthritis, then it’s best to contact a medical professional to have your body examined so you can be sure what it is. If you’re lucky, then it might just be some temporary pains and aches. If you’re still relatively young and nimble, then it might be best to protect your joints now before they turn brittle and old.
You can’t keep up with technology around you
If your kids or grandkids are bringing you technological things that you don’t understand, then it can make you feel old and outdated. Sadly, there’s little you can do about this and sooner or later, they’ll start introducing tech equipment that you have no idea how to use and you will be asking them for assistance. The best way to overcome this is to try to stay up-to-date with the latest technologies. It’s difficult especially if your mind is waning and you’re having trouble remembering and learning things, but there are many classes and online training sessions designed to teach you about the latest new tech. These are incredibly useful if you want to stay up-to-date with the latest computers and gadgets.
You need a bit of help with tasks you used to do fine with
Whether it’s doing the dishes, gardening or turning on the TV, if there are tasks that you used to do which you can’t anymore, then it’s a clear sign that you’re aging. I know personally I just cannot get down on my hands and knees to scrub the floor any longer because if I do, I’m stuck down there till someone can come help me back up! I also cannot hear as well as I used to. The closed captioning is on the television 24/7 so I can follow along with what is happening on the screen.
The only way to really deal with this is to ask for help, but if you don’t want to lose your independence then it’s time to consider aids that can help you. From something simple such as a walking stick to a more complicated device like a stair lift, there are many ways for you to regain your independence, but you need to admit that your life is taking its toll on you and that you are growing older.
In short, there are many signs that will show that you’re aging. Sooner or later, you’re going to need assistance with even basic tasks, but you can minimize the amount of assistance you need if you prepare in advance and embrace the inevitability of growing old.