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Don’t Give Up R eading was one of the greatest joys in my grandmother’s life. She loved her books and was heartbroken when macular degeneration left her unable to read small print. She didn’t want to give up books, so she got a device that magnified the print of the pages and started listening to books on tape. It wasn’t the same as curling up with a book, but she found alternatives to hold onto the things that made her happy in life. As we get older, life changes in ways we aren’t always prepared for. This can be especially difficult for seniors who want to maintain their independence. I have talked to many of our clients who told me they don’t “feel old,” but they suddenly find themselves unable to play tennis, climb the stairs of their home, or read the small print of their favorite books anymore. When it feels like your body has turned on you, you may feel tempted to give up. I watched this happen to my own parents. When it got harder for them to do the things they loved, rather than find alternatives, they became very sedentary people who just sat on the couch and watched TV. This is when they got old — not because of their age, but because they stopped engaging with life and started acting old. Alternatives exist for seniors to continue engaging in life. If you can no longer play tennis, try pickleball. If a hip replacement means you can’t go running anymore, there’s road biking or walking groups. If cold winters are rough on your joints, maybe it’s time to visit somewhere warmer. It can be difficult for seniors when they aren’t able to do the things they used to love, but finding alternatives for those hobbies to stay active and maintain your independence leads to a healthier, happier, and longer life. The Importance of Finding Alternatives in Life
“Alternatives exist for seniors to continue engaging in life.”
Our caregivers at Visiting Angels know the importance of independence. We’re here so seniors can continue to enjoy that independence in their own homes. Our philosophy is to let our clients do things themselves as long as they are able to do it safely. If a senior is a fall risk or has balance concerns, reaching up for something on a high shelf may be dangerous, and our Angels will step in. But if they love gardening and are able to do it safely, there’s no reason for them to have to give that up. Our Angels are there if our seniors need them, but their primary goal is to encourage seniors to stay active. This may include bringing puzzles or brain games to keep their minds stimulated, setting up video chat so they can see their grandkids across the country, or arranging transportation to the grocery store or senior center. When I got involved with caring for seniors, my whole mission was to help people live a full life. I’ve learned the best way to do that is to find new ways to keep doing what you love. The hobbies may be a little different than they were before, but alternatives exist. The key is not giving up.
Cindy Saunders, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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