Most of us mean to be good listeners. We even fancy ourselves to be good listeners. I would even venture to guess that most of us applaud ourselves for being good listeners, while at the same time resenting and noticing all of those people in our lives who are not paying close enough attention to or listening well enough to us!
LivWell Seniors Blog
Regardless of how much stuff you have and how much space you have for it, what happens when the stuff you have exceeds the amount of space for it? Clutter. And given a lifetime to accumulate, clutter can get to be quite overwhelming for any individual or family.
We’ve known and seen people firsthand who seemingly get the “wintertime blues.” Towards the end of winter, they become a bit more depressed and irritable. It’s later in the spring and after a bit of time outside that they begin to pull out of it.
Today there are about 47 million people worldwide living with dementia, up from 35 million in 2009. Estimates suggest this number will roughly triple by 2050. The risk increases with age, and the ageing population will drive much of the projected increase.
In spite of some lip service to the contrary, our culture on the whole devalues the role and importance of seniors in our society. We tend to obsess over the latest and greatest, the here and now, while forgetting the wisdom that our elders have to offer. It’s almost as if they have become an invisible group.
Family conversations can be tough to have. Money, marriage, kids, etc. Out of fear, tough conversations tend to be avoided. Instead of talking something through, issues simmer until they’re brought up in the wrong way and in an emotionally charged environment.
Research shows that gratitude can improve our physical, emotional, and psychological health. Our self-esteem increases, relationships improve, and we are better equipped to survive and overcome challenging times in our lives. It has also been associated with increased energy, optimism, empathy, and happiness.
With all of this comes family, friends, joy, merriment, etc. And with all of this comes a fair amount of busyness, not to mention a fair amount of stress. Even under the best of circumstances, these are not always the easiest or most relaxing of times.