We Find Significance
Of all the places in which we age, our minds and bodies are the most significant. Even the healthiest among us may lose some physical strength or the ability to balance many things at the same time. Our doctors will tell us that the best way to stay healthy and independent as we get older is to exercise for a healthy body, learn new things, and stay socially connected.
In Marian’s Voice
Am I prepared?
Like so many of us, I don’t want to think about losing my independence and control. But am I prepared should I become unable to take care of myself? Have I put my affairs in order and made my wishes known to my children? The idea of preparing myself is useful to think about. It creates a new perspective, giving me permission to think about my life in a different way, one based on reality; not of fear of the unknown. It is freeing, enlightening. It is a more thoughtful way of dealing with thorny issues of aging for now and in the future. Most importantly, it gives me the power to deny the denial, and it allows me to exert my independence as a mature, competent older adult.