Are You In Denial About Aging?

It can be challenging to accept the fact that you’re getting older. Aging is a natural part of life, yet it can create high levels of anxiety and fear. To combat this anxiety and fear, denial is not an uncommon by-product. One’s independence is everything, and once that is gone, it can be challenging to accept the facts.

Perhaps you yourself is in denial. Denial is an unrealistic hope that things will get better on their own or that a problem is not actually occurring. Aging is a tough transition, and not everyone can admit that they need help.

It can be challenging for family members. Generally they are the ones that help with all the daily tasks. It is crucial that you recognize signs that something isn’t right. Perhaps you have noticed some bruising on your arms or legs. Has your appearance begun to diminish regarding personal upkeep? Although it can be tough to seek help, it may be necessary in terms of your safety.

Just because you need some extra help, doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to enter a nursing home facility. This is a common fear and rightfully so. Entering a nursing home can be an extremely hard transition. It elevates the feelings associated with a loss of independence. It can feel sterile, lonely, and it’s simply not home.

There are now some great in-home care options available. This allows you or your loved one to access the care you need, in the comfort of home. If you are in denial, it’s time to recognize that you may need help. There are some great resources available, allowing you and your family to live a happier, healthier, and more productive life.

What Are Some of the Signs That You Need Some Extra Help?

You may be wondering if it’s time to seek some care for you. There are some clear signs that indicate whether or not some extra care would be beneficial. If you are displaying a number of these signs, you should consider seeking some extra help within your home.

  1. You have a lot of spoiled food that is not getting thrown away.
  2. Have you began missing important appointments? Everyone forgets something once in a while, but if you’re consistently missing important dates, then this is a sign that you may need some extra help. Forgetfulness is general can impact the way in which you care for yourself. This is especially important regarding medication.
  3. Do you have unexplainable bruises?
  4. Are you finding it difficult to walk around or get up once seated? This may be in terms of one’s mobility or balance.
  5. Are you one becoming increasingly confused? Are simple and once-familiar tasks becoming a challenge?
  6. Is your hygiene becoming an issue? Can you properly care for yourself in terms of washing, bathing, and getting dressed? Basically, are your personal care and grooming abilities declining?
  7. Is mail piling up? Is laundry not getting washed? Has the house became increasingly dirty?
  8. Have you began to notice early symptoms of dementia?

If you can relate to these signs, then you should consider some potential care options. As mentioned, your safety is number one. Although safety is crucial, comfort does not need to be sacrificed. Accessing in-home care is the best option in terms of comfort and safety, while still upholding your independence.

How to Cope With Denial

It can be very challenging to recognize that you are in denial. If you are having a hard time, consider some of the following advice:

  1. If you yourself may be in denial, approach a trusting family member. Talking to someone is a great first step.
  2. If you think you may be in denial, be upfront about your concerns. Perhaps you’re scared to go into a home. If this is the case, there are other options. You need to discuss these concerns so that you can come up with a safe and effective solutions.  This may help you to reduce any fear that you are currently experiencing.
  3. It’s okay to be afraid, so talk about your concerns and show that your fears are real. Start to ask yourself what may happen if you do not do anything. Was is it that you’re really afraid of? How can these fears be resolved? What do you need help with? Are you having issues with mobility? Are you forgetting things easily? Start to focus on your specific needs.
  4. Go visit your doctor and get some professional advice. Honestly is key here. It can be scaring to admit that you need help, but you will be happy that you did. Once you gain the help you need, you can live a more productive and healthy life.

You do not need to approach the aging process alone. There are many resources available for you. Begin by talking to someone you trust. From there, explore your options. You do not need to sacrifice your freedom in order to live the life you desire.

So, if you are in denial, begin looking into all of the possible options. Sit down and discuss them in detail, choosing the option that is the best fit. Aging is a natural part of life, so make wise choices for yourself. Making the right choices will ensure a happier and healthier life.

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