Growing older is an experience we all share and many of us worry about. As we age, we face many changes and many sources of stress – we are not as strong as we used to be, illness is more of a problem, children move away from home, people we love die, we may become lonely, and eventually we must give up our jobs and retire.
Coping with all these changes is difficult, but it can be done. The keys to coping include your long-term lifestyle, your ability to expect and plan for change, the strength of your relationships with surviving family and friends, and your willingness to stay interested in and involved with life.
It is, therefore, very important to think carefully about what will happen to you as you age and how you are going to deal with the changes that will happen. In this section, you will find information about supporting seniors’ mental health, caring for aging parents, and maintaining optimum mental health as you grow older.