It can be hard to muster much enthusiasm for cooking when you’re making meals for one. Why go to the trouble and expense of a three-course meal when a can of soup will do? It’s 6 p.m. and nothing sounds good, so you might as well settle for a cheese sandwich and a cookie – the same thing you had the night before.
Occasional loneliness is a natural part of the human condition and a common challenge of aging. You can expect it to hit you every now and then before fading away without leaving any sort of mark. Pervasive and chronic loneliness, however, can take a significant toll on your mental, emotional, and physical health and diminish your quality of life over time.
Many a wall hanging has been embroidered with the words, “Sing like no one’s listening, love like you’ve never been hurt, and dance like nobody’s watching.” Well, there is another expressive, creative activity that anyone can do, and it also will boost your spirits: writing.
Aging can be a difficult topic to address, not least because it is rife with personal fears and uncertainties about losing independence and loved ones while growing more isolated or lonely. As with most challenging topics, however, the best solution is to confront it head-on with openness and optimism.
Memory loss can be frustrating and disheartening, not only for the person experiencing it firsthand, but also for their loved ones and caregivers. While the cure for dementia and other memory problems remains elusive, research has demonstrated how education, support, and simple tools, like memory notebooks, can help those on the memory-loss continuum maintain a sense of control and prolong their independence.
Coping with dementia and other forms of memory loss can be confusing and frustrating for both elderly individuals and their loved ones. One of the first obstacles to overcome is accurately identifying the signs of dementia and taking whatever preventative measures are available to deal with it.