As we get older lots of peculiar things can start happening to our bodies. We seem to have more and more bad days. Our bodies ache when we move, and when we don’t! Our moods and drive or lust for life can change too. We may not feel as energetic or enthusiastic about things anymore. We can remember our past fondly and spend a lot of time thinking back, but not really have much passion for what is happening right now.
If you find you are starting to have less passion for eating or drinking, you could soon start to see you are losing weight and feeling weaker than normal. As we age, we may start to have problems with our toilet habits. Just getting up to go can be a problem, so we may subconsciously choose to eat and drink less. It may just be that food and drink are no longer as tasty or pleasurable to eat anymore. As we age, our taste buds change so food could lose its appeal. Worse still, we may have difficulty swallowing comfortably.
Dysphagia, or difficulty in swallowing can be caused by several things, but it can be quite common in older and elderly people. There are treatments to help with this problem. You can also change your diet to include pureed foods that are easier to swallow. Changing your diet will help you to ensure you are eating the right foods in the right quantities even if you find swallowing difficult. It is important to ensure a good diet, so changing the consistency may be just what you need to help you get by.
In older age, we feel less inclined to leave the house, and this can make socializing very difficult. Any sight or hearing difficulties add substantially to the problems of isolation and loneliness, so it is important to seek support so you can continue to join in. Feeling left out in a crowded room is very uncomfortable and may put you off going back. You can enjoy company with the right support for hearing and sight, and continue to enjoy old hobbies. It is worth seeking the help you can find.
Being elderly needn’t mean you are old! On the contrary, you can stay young at heart for as long as you have a passion and drive for the things you love. Keeping hobbies going is important, but sometimes you may feel like the body and mind are letting you down. Admittedly, you may need to accept some adaptations to the way things are done to help overcome these problems, but you shouldn’t stop. Even if you feel you aren’t as good as you were, it is only you that needs to derive pleasure from it, so keep enjoying it for as long as you can.
Keep in touch digitally so you can keep in the loop with younger members of the family. If you are not sure how to use certain apps or technology, then ask. You can usually get courses for free, and you don’t need to have any experience in using them to start having fun with them straight away. Enjoy your senior years, and the younger generation will certainly enjoy spending them with you.