30 August 2012

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WORRY: BARRIER TO POSITIVE AGEING`

Worry is a mental pre-occupation. It is always not bad. Sometimes it works as a motivation or may help in making a potentially reasonable strategy to deal with stressful life situation. In other words, it helps an individual in the preparation for dealing with a future challenge or a threat. In this sense worry can be adaptive. It is true that an elderly may have real life event about which to worry. For example, the cause of worry may be one’s poor health, worry about the sickness of family member or death of a close relative, financial insecurity, changes in one’s own functional independence and dying. When an elderly adopts some strategy to overcome that situation then his worry is adaptive.

On the other hand, worry may consume your time and energy if it goes on excessively on the issues or things that are not worth worrying about. Such a situation is a negative psychological barrier effecting positive ageing. Excess worry over trivial issues will have depressive effects on your mental and physical health.

Person who has developed worrying life style become over sensitive about smallest things. The person may develop physical illness or physical aches and pains which may result in narrowing focus on life challenges even when it is not possible to do much about them.

What can you do ?

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SELF CARE IN LATER PERIOD OF LIFE

Ageing and accompanying health factors often make later part of life very difficult period of life. Self care and health promotion are important in maintaining independence in old age. Self care is an ability to meet one’s needs. It is suggested that maintaining of low risk of disease and disease-related disability, high mental and physical functions and active engagement of life are most essential in later period of life. It is true that higher functional ability is not absolutely necessary for higher quality of life. Elderly who have chronic disabilities find ways to maximize  quality of life through other means including spirituality and social engagements. Altruism and volunteering in various capacities enhance life satisfaction.