Smart Decisions about Health and Well-Being

By Linda Buroker ( | Feb 24, 2014
Linda Buroker

Seniors can be their own worst enemies. Refusing to accept that change is inevitable is often a major stumbling block for those who aspire to live independently.

Common sense decisions about self care and self direction make up the building blocks of independent living.  Decisions made today could very well affect where you will live tomorrow.

How often do your friends or relatives fail because they:

Refuse to hand over the keys: Are they still driving even though they feel uncomfortable on the roadways?

Refuse to wear glasses or hearing aids because they are afraid they will look old.

Refuse to use mobility devices because they think it means admitting defeat.

Refuse to consider hip or knee surgery even if experts tell them it will improve the quality of life.

Refuse to discuss health or intimacy issues with a doctor because they think they are a normal part of aging.

Refuse to ask questions for fear of appearing inadequate.  There are no dumb questions. Understanding directions and instructions are important.

Refuse to safety proof their homes because they think it is an unnecessary expense.

Refuse to admit that they need help understanding and organizing medications.  Do they keep a list of what they are taking, know what they are for, and have a system to keep track of time, date, and dosage?

Refuse to go to the doctor as soon as warning signs occur.

Refuse to participate in prevention programs (immunizations, routine screenings and examinations).

Refuse to admit that modern technology can make life easier and more interesting.

Now insert the words “you” instead of “they” into the equation. Where do you stand?  Do you know your own strengths and accept your limitations?

You really can manage your own care if you think things through and make positive changes. Accepting help does not mean you are relinquishing your rights to live independently.

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