The Fear of Ageing

The Fear of Ageing. (Gerascophobia). There is nothing wrong with getting older. It is a natural part of the human life cycle. Unfortunately, getting old comes with several real fears. This is particularly true in the present era, where many pensioners are living longer. Below are some of the things older adults fear the most with solutions

Loss of independence

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When you enter a care home, you leave your independence at the door

Many older people associate the loss of their independence with a loss of their dignity. And in which they will have to be cared for in a similar way a child would. As a result, as you age, you will lose certain abilities and have difficulty maintaining independence. Hence, many will see a loss of independence as a loss of their personal identity. But remember, as an older person, you have worked paid taxes and insurances. So then, you may be entitled to receive help to remain independent. So, do not allow pride to stop you from asking for help when you need it.

Fear Of Confinement

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Confinement in your own home is not fun

The Fear of Ageing. Confinement, the loss of the usual routine. Consequently, with reduced social and physical contact with others. As a result, it frequently causes boredom, frustration and a sense of isolation. Incidentally, extreme punishment for violent prisoners is often solitary confinement. Therefore, being alone with little or no contact from the rest of the world is seriously distressing. And creates a real danger to older people who are alone. Furthermore, a common fear often voiced by the elderly is about confinement. Hence, a task as simple as buying groceries requires mobility and transportation. Later, as circumstances change, the ability to drive is often not possible. Similarly, some may also lose the energy and mobility required to accomplish most tasks outside their home. As a result, many will feel they are being punished, for some unknown crime.

Loss of Memory (Dementia)

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Dementia, is a dreaded fear in older adults

Short term memory loss may be a normal part of the ageing process. Some memory loss is common with ageing. For example, you may have sharp long-term memories from many years ago but have trouble remembering new information. Also, normal memory loss does not get worse and does not affect daily activities. However, it could be a symptom of a more serious condition called dementia. So then, a visit to your doctor can help determine the cause of your memory loss. Besides, there are many reasons for forgetfulness. So, memory loss in the elderly can be due to various causes. Also, memory loss can be improved in some cases if it is not serious.

Outliving a Spouse or Partner

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Loss of a lifetime partner is a real fear

The Fear of Ageing. One of the best things about marriage or a partnership is companionship. A woman who has married the same man for 50 years will not want to contemplate life without her husband. The same thing applies to a man married to the same woman for five decades. Clearly, life will never be the same if the spouse dies. The death of a spouse or a beloved family member is one thing that fills older people with dread.

Safety and Security

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Safety and Security are real worries for older people

As people get older, safety and security become major issues. As a result, some older people live alone, which makes them prime targets for callous criminals. Especially because they cannot defend themselves. Also, seniors in retirement homes face safety concerns. Because some caregivers may not take good care of them. Besides, there have been many cases of caregiver abuse in the past to fuel their fears. So, the prospect of becoming a defenceless older man or woman is frightening for many older people.

Fear of Falling

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Falling is common fear as we age

Often older people have brittle bones; the balance may not as good as it used to be. These two conditions imply that the risk of falling is quite high in older people. Consequently, falls typically cause hip fractures and head injuries. They’re also the leading cause of death from injury, often from traumatic brain injury (TBI). Also, even if an injury isn’t life-threatening. Most falls have harsh long-term consequences for older adults. Because their bodies are usually unable to recover fully. They can then need extended stays in nursing homes, together with a significant amount of home help. Consequently, this often ends in the loss of independence.

How to Manage the Fear of Ageing

  • For a Healthy Body and Mind be Physically Active
  • Get a Full 8 hours Sleep That Your Body Needs
  • Eat a Healthy, Well-Balanced Diet (no junk food)
  • Keep Good Hygiene both Personal and in your House
  • Be Socially Active With Friends, Family or Your Community
  • Limit Alcohol and Tobacco Consumption
  • Take All Medication as Directed by Your Doctor.

In Conclusion

The fear of becoming Weak and Frail being vulnerable is genuine for many older people. So then, the best way to deal with it is to follow the management rules above. Do not be afraid to get more active; it is easy to say I am too old for that; NO, YOU ARE NOT. Inactivity is a slow creeping disease and very efficient at destroying older peoples lives. Hey! It’s your life, and only YOU can make it better.

Important Note *

Remember that everyone is different, and it is ultimately YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to find what your body responds to… Please do your own due diligence before trying anything new including getting Medical Advice to ensure your safety and peace of mind.

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