Growing old: Fears and fantasies
As we age, our body’s physical, emotional, and mental needs change. We may no longer feel the same level of excitement and adventure that we did in our younger years. Instead, we may find ourselves living a more relaxed, subdued and laid-back life.
However, this does not mean that as seniors we don’t have our own share of fears and fantasies. While some of these dreams or even fears can be unsettling, it is important to remember that they are normal and a part and parcel of growing old.
Achieving old dreams
According to research, 76% of adults wish to pursue their passion after retirement. Changing duties and priorities come with age. However, our ambitions and aspirations shouldn’t alter based on that.
Many seniors find that we have more time and freedom to pursue our dreams than when we were younger, and we can use this to our advantage. We see fellow seniors achieve their ambitions daily. So, reconnecting with an old interest or finishing a long-time goal, you can do it too. You’re never too old to follow your aspirations.
Giving back to society
According to research, 69% of adults want to volunteer. Older adults often have a lot of wisdom and knowledge to share. They can also afford to be generous with their time. That’s why many seniors choose to give back to society somehow.
Many elderly volunteers, others mentor or tutor. Some seniors may even start enterprises to create local jobs. No matter how we choose to give back, seniors hold the ability to make a massive difference in the world.
Quality time with loved ones
According to research, 33% of adults enjoy spending time with loved ones. As seniors, quality time with loved ones is often one of the most cherished parts of our day. Whether chatting over a cup of coffee, going for a walk, or simply sitting in silence, spending time with those we love is a cherished part of life.
So, if you’re looking for ways to spend more quality time with your loved ones, don’t hesitate to reach out and plan some quality time together. It’s one of the best gifts you can give – and one that will be cherished for a lifetime.
The dooming mortality
According to research, 62% of adults fear having health problems as they age. As we age, we become painfully aware of our mortality. We see our bodies slowly deteriorate, and we start fearing the deaths of our loved ones.
For some, this fear can be paralyzing. We may mourn the loss of our youth and the good health we once had. We may try to cling to life, even as our bodies fail us. Fear of death certainly can be terrifying, but it can also deepen your appreciation of life. Knowing we’ll perish one day may motivate us to live fully.
Loss of independence
According to research, 21% of adults feel their families might not support them. So, it is not uncommon for seniors to feel a sense of fear or loss as they begin to lose their independence. We may feel like a burden on our loved ones, or like we are no longer needed.
A loss of self-identity can be observed, as we can no longer do the things we used to enjoy. These feelings are normal and can be compounded by other factors such as neglect or isolation. There are some ways to cope if you are feeling a sense of fear or loss, such as joining a seniors’ club or participating in an activity that might help you stay connected. Remember to focus on what makes you happy and confident.
According to research, 55% of adults fear having less money in old age. As we age, we may lose financial control and risk financial uncertainty. This might come from not having adequate funds or being taken advantage of. The economy also contributes to financial instability since seniors’ fixed incomes don’t keep up with escalating costs.
While financial insecurity can be scary, there are ways to combat it. Seniors can start by creating a budget, sticking to it, and looking for ways to supplement their income. Furthermore, seniors can contact organizations that can assist them with their finances, such as financial advisors.
Our fears and fantasies may represent us at a particular stage in our lives, but they don’t dictate who we are or who we will become. We are constantly growing and evolving, and our old age is just one more phase of life. There is no need to be afraid of growing old because it is a natural and inevitable part of life. Embrace your age and all that comes with it, and you will find that you are still the same person you have always been, just with a few more wrinkles.