Life can be full of ups and downs
As the years pass by in the blink of an eye, life can seem like it’s becoming more hectic by the day.
And when you enter your late 50’s, you’ll probably find your children have started to make some life-changing decisions of their own, such as career moves, starting a family or relocating abroad.
In today’s digital age, our lives are filled with screens – from mobile phones and tablets to laptops and smart TVs. Whether or not we like to admit it, most of us are pretty attached to them. Spending time with our families is becoming more and more important. But the irony is that when we’re scrolling through social media, we’re not socialising with the people we’re physically with.
What is the key to maintaining relationships with family?
Interacting with each other. Sharing moments and creating strong bonds are essential in your child’s early years, but did you know that they’re equally important during adulthood?
Unfortunately, the very notion of connection may seem a real challenge when your grown-up kids are so busy. And while we all want our children to be happy and fulfilled, finding effective ways to maintain our connections with them is vital to our wellbeing.
Remember, it’s not just your children’s lives which will change. As we age, we become susceptible to health issues and mobility problems. Research has revealed how 20% of women and 17% of men aged 65 or older will suffer from frailty and physical disability by 2047. And physical health problems like arthritis, asthma or diabetes can all too easily lead on to an increased chance of developing mental health issues like anxiety and depression.
So, how can you address these issues?
It’s been said that “aging is not ‘lost youth’ but a new stage of opportunity and strength”. So it can be a great opportunity to do things a little differently. Why not get crafty and start a new DIY project with your family?
We know what you’re thinking. DIY can be challenging. But trust us, the rewards will more than make up for it.
Perhaps you’ve recently retired and want to give your living room a makeover. You could get involved in many different aspects of this project, from choosing the paint or wallpaper, filling in and sanding or bringing cups of tea to the workers! The point is, you’ll be spending time with your family, discussing ideas and making a plan, together.
If you’re already experiencing health or mobility issues, your home might need some alterations to make it more accessible. So, why not ask your family to help you out? Talk them through the issues you’re experiencing and see if they can help you come up with a solution to make things more manageable.
In the meantime, here are some smaller projects you could ask your family to help you with:
- Flooring. If you have lots of rugs or thick carpeting in your home, consider asking for help to install something different. Tiles, vinyl and hardwood flooring are all good options if you use a walker or wheelchair around your home.
- Rearranging your kitchen. Visit your local home store and check out all of the different storage and organisation ideas. Just a few small changes here and there could make all the difference, like moving the things you use every day into easy-access cupboards and drawers.
- Altering handles and taps. If you suffer with coordination or dexterity problems, it’s a good idea to consider changing your door handles, cupboard handles and taps.
Are you looking for more ideas on how to make your home more manageable? Why not get in touch with Bathing Solutions? Our team are always happy to offer friendly, professional advice, whatever your circumstances.
Browse our website, request a brochure or give us a call on 0808 302 3685 to find out more.