One of the most difficult challenges that anyone can face is coping with the drastic changes in lifestyle as we grow older. The loss of independence and facing the fact that as you age you may be unable to do the things in life that brought you enjoyment, is not an easy thing for anyone to have to deal with. In order to cope with these changes it is important to have a support system in place and a plan of action for when living independently becomes less and less of a viable option. The support and assistance of family members is one of the more vital needs as someone ages. Having somebody that you trust and can rely on to take care of the things that you once handled with relative ease is crucial. As the handling of financial matters and living situation gets more difficult, one would hope a family member can be of great assistance to them. A proper support system of people who will look out for your best interests is the first step in the process of aging.
Coping with changes is tough no matter what the change involves or if it affects you in a small or large way. Change is difficult. Aging is by far one of the more daunting changes that occurs in someone's life. There are many variables and unknowns that go along with getting older. Financial security, place of residence, keeping your independence, living with chronic illnesses, dealing with loneliness and facing your own mortality are just some of the hurdles that face everyone as they age. This paper will examine some of these difficult life changes and highlight some of the best ways to cope with aging.
According to Hagberg(2008):
Aging means change I.e. that we and the conditions we live in are changing as time passes by. Individual changes might be biological, medical, psychological and social. How we cope with these changes is strongly related to well-being, life-quality and even survival in the elderly population. (p. A 17)
What the above passage is stating is that...