Information overload regarding the symptoms of any affliction allows us all to assess ourselves and our friends state of well-being. Just after my husband turned 60 a new acquaintance of his took me aside and in confidence told me that I should be aware that Don had early onset dementia. The reasoning was founded on the friend’s observation of Don’s memory. I had known Don since he was 20 and it soon became evident after I met him, that he had selective memory. Anything important to him, his work never suffered, sport in all shapes and sizes was well remembered. But remembering less important stuff, like meeting me at a pre-determined time! Oh well we can’t all be perfect. And nothing has changed in the last 20 years, it’s the same as always.
Another acquaintance was chatting to me one day and shared that she was becoming easily distracted. Moving from one task to the next without completing the previous task. She wondered if this was the start of something sinister. In all the years I had known her, she had been exactly as she described. This was apparently the first time she had clearly observed her daily actions. What could I say? I did make suggestions as to how she might better focus on each daily task.
We need to be sure that what we are “seeing” is new and not something we have been living with for a long time but not previously noticed before making a diagnosis.
Here is a short video that has been done by an instructor for memoir writing. Take a moment to have a look. It is not very long and see if it might help to get you started. Let’s know if you have made a start and if you would like more videos.
There are several organisations aimed at the well-being of seniors that are worth investigating to see if they appeal to you. There are millions of Australians aged over 50, National Seniors provides an opportunity to connect and make a difference. Established in 1976, it now boasts over 200,000 members and 140 branches. It provides opportunities for seniors to be part of something bigger. It is a leading independent voice and consumer lobby for the over 50s, also offers many members benefits.
Check out the link below and see if National Seniors could be for you.
The following link will give you more information on the type of information that is available via National Seniors. Check it out.
Is this organisation one you could be part of?
Opinion is divided. Suggestions and programs seem to be promoted by developers on the grounds of what works for them and what should work for everyone. We are all different. Damage has impacted our bodies in many ways. Sports injuries, joint replacements, lack of exercise and chronic illness will all determine how much exercise we can undertake for body maintenance.
Walking is the exercise choice most adults do regularly. Walking is suitable for all ages and fitness levels. You can walk anywhere, anytime, its free, injury risk is low and no equipment required. Many benefits come with regular walking. Maintenance of a healthy weight, management of stress and anxiety and improvement in balance and co-ordination thus reducing the risks of falls. Walking helps manage or reduce the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, cholesterol, osteoporosis, strokes and some cancers. Additionally, we will feel stronger, more energetic, happier and improve our quality and enjoyment of life.
We can walk alone or in groups. There are many beautiful places where we can walk alone but it is a good idea to walk where other people are also walking alone. Group walking is a great way to connect with others. If you are looking for a group to join, check out the heart foundation or try the U3A.
Heart Foundation – Find a walking group near you
Type in your post code and it will show you what groups are available near you. U3A also has groups attached to some branches.
Taking time to write about our lives allows others to know us thus creating connections, strengthening relationships and building bonds. Our current network of friends and family thinks of us only in our current role. It may surprise them to learn that we are actually multi-faceted people. Knowing how we became the person we are today, who we were and what events shaped can strengthen family and friendship bonds.
Benefits abound for you the writer. When our life experiences are organised, healing can take place, our emotions become healthier and our intellect is stimulated. We might leave behind a permanent legacy in the form of a printed memoir, or perhaps just a reminder for ourselves of what we have accomplished in our lives. It is rather sad when someone passes away leaving no footprints in the sands of time.
Many group options are available and there are lots of examples of memoir writing available. It is interesting to note that these memoirs also serve as commentaries on the social history of the time. These links will take you to two examples of published memoirs that are very different in content. Both interesting and easy to read.