Written by: Lisa Dunn
When you ask someone, “What gives you a sense of purpose?” you often hear that others find meaning in important relationships, spiritual growth or work success. As we age, life begins to re-focus, and it can often be a good opportunity to take a step back and evaluate what makes us tick, where we find our purpose, and how we can continue to contribute based on that vision. Recent research from The University of Rochester Medical Center reported purpose in life as a predictor of mortality across adulthood and suggests that you can live longer, the longer you have purpose in your life.
Another 2012 study at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago reported that those, at retirement age, with the highest sense of purpose were half as likely to develop Alzheimer’s Disease after 7 years. Remarkably, this study also showed that those who scored high were just as likely to have plaques and tangles in their autopsied brains. However, despite the similar physical findings, those with a strong sense of purpose in life tended to score higher on testing of memory and cognitive function. Unfortunately, research also shows that adults tend to feel less and less purposeful as they age, especially in western society.
Some questions we can ask ourselves, to help us consider our purpose in aging might be:
- When was I happiest in my life?
- What was I passionate about?
- What can I do to teach those younger than myself?
- What talents do I have, and where can I contribute based on those talents?
If you enjoy writing, you might consider starting a blog or commenting on blogs. If you are happiest nurturing others, you might find organizations where you can volunteer to help others. If you excelled at math, you could tutor younger students struggling in the subject. If you are unsure of your purpose, you may find direction by keeping a notebook over a month or so. Record activities or feelings that promote a sense of wellbeing. Those things can be a catalyst for directing you to what nurtures your passions and points you toward your purpose.
It’s no wonder that the book Purpose Driven Life, by Pastor Rick Warren, has sold more than 30 million copies. Asking about purpose in life is something we can all do, no matter our age, and in that find meaning, motivation and longevity. Cheers to all three, as we begin 2018 with a fresh sense of purpose!
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By: Katie Lawrence
Making the decision to move an aging parent to an assisted living facility can be difficult. It’s understandable to want them to feel comfortable and remain in their home, however it’s important to know that they are safe and healthy. When trying to make this difficult choice, consider the following:
Recent accidents – Has your loved one recently had a major accident such as a fall or a medical issue? Think about who responded and how long it took them to get there.
Slow Recovery- As humans age, the body takes a lot longer to recuperate from illness such as the flu or the common cold. Not only that, but the common cold can easily turn into pneumonia which in some cases can be fatal.
Difficulty Completing Daily Tasks- Things that many take for granted every day, such as getting dressed or doing laundry, can get increasingly difficult with age. In a lot of cases this can be remedied through in-home care.
Personal Hygiene Problems- Does your loved one have problems remembering to bathe or change their clothes? Or are they able to get in and out of the shower without risk of injury? Ritualistic tasks such as these can be difficult for the elderly, yet they are very important to maintain in order to remain healthy.
Medication- If your loved one has to take medication daily, it can be hard to remember when to take their pill and more importantly, the correct dosage. Mistakes when taking medication can have serious adverse effects. Once again this can also be remedied through in-home care.
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By Katie Lawrence
For Seniors, remaining independent in their home can be a challenge; however there are many resources Seniors can use to remain comfortable in their own homes. Here are a few safety tips to keep your loved ones safe!
General Home Safety
- Avoid hazardous items in high traffic areas such as electrical cords or area rugs that are not tacked down
- Consider using a medical alert device
- Do not wax floors with products that would create a slick surface
- Make sure all areas are well-lit during the day and use night lights at night
- Use non-slip mats in the shower to avoid falls
- Install hand rails in the bathroom to assist with stability
- Make sure bathroom rugs are secured to the ground
- Consider a raised toilet seat
- Place all large items such as pots and pans at waist level to avoid heavy lifting
- If necessary, use a step stool with handrails to reach high places
- Regularly evaluate food and throw out any past expiration
- Keep a fire extinguisher in close proximity to the stove and other fire hazards
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