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How to deal with elderly worries

Austine Smith November 7, 2019

Comprehending old people worries

How to deal with elderly worries

In this world, everyone is scared of death, the extent may vary though. The fear of death isn’t a pleasant one and people usually try to avoid morbid musings, focusing on other aspects of life. However, death anxiety is one of the most common elderly worries. Reasons that trigger old people worries may vary a lot – from loneliness and isolation, different types of health problems, reduced sense of purpose. It’s the death of family members, the loss of a partner or spouse, or the death of friends that aggravates this thinking. Though death is a certainty, it’s possible for elderly people to be prepared to deal with it. Here’re some ways to accomplish it.

Feeling engaged

One of the major ways to overcome thoughts on death is to stay engaged and enjoy a solid purpose in life. Life changes as people age and they lose things that occupied their time previously. People may retire, their friends may move away, their children may leave home etc. In this scenario, one should try to avoid staying cooped in the home as much as possible.

Exercising regularly

Regular exercise is one of the best treatments to come out of elderly worries. One need not try a rigorous workout, things like taking a short walk can help him/her reap the benefits. Small ways to increase the overall movement can help one to a great extent. These may include taking the stairs, parking further from the store, doing light housework etc.

Figuring out how one is going to cope with death anxiety is both a mental health effort and anti-aging skill that every elderly should work toward in order to live a happier life.

 

Call to action:

What are your suggestions on dealing with the fear of death for the elderly? Let me know in the comments section below. To take the conversation further, you can also connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads. To have a thought-provoking read, be sure to check out my book Present Bouquets.

 

References:

Robinson Lawrence, Smith Melinda, M.A. and Segal, Jeanne, Ph.D. “Depression in Older Adults.” HelpGuide, Updated December 2018, Accessed May 5, 2019. https://www.helpguide.org/articles/depression/depression-in-older-adults.htm/

Stibich, Mark, PhD. “How to Deal With Death and Dying as You Age.” verywellmind, Updated April 26, 2019. https://www.verywellmind.com/how-to-deal-with-death-and-dying-as-you-age-2223446

 

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