Age and Change
As we age, changes are increasingly difficult to adjust to. One way we help as our memory systems get a little shaky, is to keep things in their places. The car keys are in the bowl next to the front door. We take the same road to go to the same store. We remember our kids phone numbers, or we have them written in our address books. These regularities enable us to live independently with dignity.
Sometimes, often beyond our control, we have to, or decide to move. Now there are new stores, new addresses and phone numbers, new neighbors and a home that is organized differently. The stove is different, and there is a microwave hanging over the cooktop. Buttons to push, different TVs, DVD’s, different washing machines and dryers. Change seems to be everywhere and we can get confused. Change is difficult, it takes time to get used to all the new things. Our memory system didn’t just get worse, instead we have many new things to learn. It takes longer than we want, and much longer than our adult children think it should. We seem to need more help.
Maybe we are best off staying where we are, where things are all familiar, and we aren’t bombarded with all the change, all the new technology, the differences we need to now learn. Maybe we are better off aging in place! Help us do this.