Preparation and Aging: Things You Need to Think About
Aging – Many individuals have found themselves in a situation where an elder has become ill or just simply aged before their time. When this happens, most of the time, those family members are not even remotely prepared. This happens all the time; however, there is a little bit of a brighter side to it. If you know what to expect, you will be prepared.
There are several things you need to know, whether you have an aging elder in your life or if you yourself are getting older.
There are many changes that come about as you or a loved one age. Being educated means being prepared and being prepared means a smoother journey along the way.
Changes to the Physical Body
As one ages, the changes to the physical body become more apparent. Sometimes, all too commonly, eyesight is one of the first things to change as you get older. For this reason it is important to make and keep regular eye exams. If your doctor feels the need for you to see a specialist, do not put it off because your eyesight is a precious gift. Eat right and take eye vitamins if you can.
Stiffness and achiness due to oncoming osteoarthritis or other inflammatory processes are also common in aging. It is important to keep fit and walk or exercise regularly before this sets in. It is also important to incorporate healthy fats as well as oils into your diet.
Keep your body healthy now so that later on you will have a happier way to age.
Changes to the Brain
Almost all of us, past a certain age, experience forgetfulness. To what degree that forgetfulness occurs is something that we can have some control over. Keeping our minds active is imperative to keeping our brains healthy:
- Constantly learn new things
- Do crossword puzzles
- Take a class
- Read daily
These are all excellent ways to keep the mind sharp.
Planning for the Future
Although no one likes to think about these things, it is important to plan ahead. You do not want to be in a situation where nothing is taken care of and there is a medical situation as well.
- Seek out the advice of an elder estate planner.
- Seek out the counsel of an elder care attorney to plan out such things as a Living Will, a DNR (do not resuscitate), and Power of Attorney.
- Seek out facilities such as 55 and over or retirement and assisted living facilities.
A little planning aids in the preparedness for aging in a more carefree manner.