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Adventures in Retirement – It takes courage to reach those senior years

Written by Bill Leavitt. Posted in Senior Living

Published on June 06, 2018 with No Comments

As we age, we must deal with many new and unfamiliar problems.  Most seniors have at least some of the following problems: Health and medical issues, dental problems, new medications, surgery, pain, lack of energy, depression, and loss of friends and family members.  It is not easy dealing with all this.

One of my friends mentioned that he has a lot of pain when he gets out of bed in the morning.  He doesn’t mind though, because it reminds him that he is still alive. I know exactly what he means.  I usually have sore joints and muscles when I get out of bed.  Most of the soreness goes away after I have been up for a while, but sometimes it hangs around all day.

Another friend says that aging is not for wimps. He says it takes a lot of courage and fortitude to deal with all the issues that seniors typically have.  For instance, we are told that being active helps us maintain a good level of fitness, keeps our weight under control and makes us happier.  However, that is easier said than done when you are dealing with constant pain and soreness.  Additionally, it is often difficult to sleep at night.  When I was younger, I could fall asleep easily and sleep soundly the night through.  Now I toss and turn and often need a Melatonin or some milk to fall asleep. Then when I finally do get into a sound sleep, I have to get up for a bathroom break or sometimes wake up at 2:00 a.m. for no reason at all.

Some people say that seniors are often set in their ways.  That is, it is harder to change your habits and create new ones as you get older. Yet, all of life’s changes that seniors will eventually deal with require changes of habits.

Perhaps the most frustrating thing for me is the changes in athletic ability that I am experiencing.  Lack of muscle tone, weakening of eye/hand coordination, breathing problems, reduction in stamina, increase in injuries—all these things prevent me and others my age from enjoying sports.  I have had to give up some sports, like running and hilly bicycle riding, because I lack wind.  A gradual reduction in athletic talent is a problem most seniors face.  It forces us to give up some sports.  In many cases, we can discover a new sport that is not as taxing on us.

In any event, nearly all seniors have to make adjustments in our sports and recreational activities because of the gradual deterioration of our bodies and our coordination.  Most of us face the problems and make appropriate changes. It is not easy.  It takes discipline, the ability to change, and most of all, courage, to deal with these life changes.

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All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Chronicle. Bill Leavitt is a technical writer from Valparaiso. After retiring from a large corporation in Chicago, he did technical writing consulting for many companies. He currently teaches part-time at Purdue University Calumet. You can order Leavitt’s book, “Retirement: Life’s Greatest Adventure,” by sending $16.65 (includes shipping and sales tax) made payable to Write On Technical Writing, Inc., P.O. Box 132,Valparaiso, IN 46384-0132. Or, visit RetirementLifesGreatestAdventure.com for more information.

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