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Letís adjust to change

Date: 3 July 2006

Old age is another phase in the journey of life. Life for the elderly can be filled with positive and meaningful experiences.

Letís adjust to:-

Feeling of loneliness, isolation and abandonment arising from:-

  • Loss of your spouse

  • Loss of your friends

  • Children leaving home

  • Loss of independence due to immobility

    Financial difficulties arising from:-

  • Loss of income following retirement

  • Increasing expenditure due to cost of medication and aids/equipment

    Changes to your body:-

  • Movement and reaction time slow down

  • Failing memory

  • Stiffening joints and weakened muscles

  • Eyesight and hearing become poorer

  • Changes in sleep pattern

    Early warning signs that show you are not adjusting well:-

  • Losing your temper easily

  • Feeling tired all the time

  • Getting worried easily

  • Persistent feeling of sadness

  • Difficulty in coping with everyday activities

  • Forgetfulness

  • Changes in sleeping patterns

  • Changes in eating habits

    Suggestions for good mental health

    Talk to someone when you have problems

  • Sharing your problems helps you to cope better

    Make friends

  • Meet up with old friends

  • Get involved in activities, societies or hobby clubs

    Keep yourself occupied

  • Reading

  • Share interests with neighbours, relatives, family and friends.

    Keep your body healthy

  • Exercise regularly

  • Eat healthily

  • Drink plenty of water

    Do things with your family
    Maintain a good family relationship

  • Go for walks, meals, movies

  • Share your hobbies

  • Discuss issues

    Be realistic about changes in:

  • Physical abilities e.g. strength

  • Memory

  • Concentration

    Be aware of your rights as they may make life easier

  • Senior citizens discounts

  • Healthcare

  • Financial assistance

  • Welfare aid

    Talking to someone helps your mental health

    Source: A Public Health Education Information from the Ministry of Health Malaysia

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