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Old age is a time of challenge to thrive. Despite the limits. There are varied psychological issues accompanying late life.
Let me share here some sound psychological and practical tips I curated from some FB posts I read lately if you are 60 years old and above.
It’s a how-to stay 'safe' during old age. Remember only you can save and care for yourself safely!
1. Say No to retirement.
If you’re a senior, don’t get lazy or loaf around. It will speed up the end. Find another income-generating job or open a business that will keep you active physically and mentally. Travel and bond with true friends, play a sport, learn a new hobby and volunteer in your community or parish, write your memoirs. Don’t be sloppy and a listless bum.
2. Live as independently as possible..
Have your own place. Enjoy independence, privacy and a solo life. Your grown children already have their own lives. If you move in with your children, you may experience lowering of significance or importance as like that of a “bedspacer” or crumbling appliance. That’s not going to add years to your life!
3. Hold on to your nest egg, bank deposits and assets.
If you want to help your children, do give. But not to the extent of making you suffer poverty, wipe out your life's earnings. Stay solvent. It’s good against all kinds of emergencies and crises. You will sleep better. You will not be afraid to express your opinion. And you will be confident about yourself.
4. Don't believe there’s a guarantee that your children will care for you when you grow old.
Our children’s priorities change over time. Many children are not filled with a sense of moral obligation for their aging parents. Especially when their priorities are their own family or career. Of course, there are children who would consider it a privilege to care for and love their parents in their old age. But be warned that not all children think alike.
5. Mix with the young and the latest trends in the world.
Expand your social to include young ones. They will outlive your old BFFs! Keep up with new inventions, trends, music and lifestyle, including all the scams and schemes you should guard against. Remember that when you mix with the young, you also open a fresh avenue to channel your thoughts, experiences and values. Through them, the life lessons you learned are not lost, forgotten or buried with you.
Next: Part 2