Posts Tagged ‘ senior citizen stress ’

Changing Traditions for Senior Women

Nov 17th, 2010 | By | Category: For Senior Women

I’ve just made a major decision to change a long-standing tradition in my life: I’m not going to cook Thanksgiving Dinner next week.  Cooking is traditionally ‘woman’s work’, and I bought in to that tradition many years ago.  I don’t care to stop and count the number of turkeys I’ve roasted over the years, the […]

Seniors: How Much Stress Can You Take?

Oct 21st, 2010 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

There is only one way to avoid and manage stress. Decide you are in charge. All of the external factors that are constantly available will repeat themselves over and over, until you decide you are in charge. The phone rings early in the morning. It is a call of distress. Our son is in the throes of conflict with his roommate. Issues involving emotions, money, and daily getting along are pressing down hard. He is the only one who can handle them. I can be an ear, sympathetic, reinforcing to his good judgment, but that is about all. As for money, providing rescue is not a good idea. It is his dilemma. He needs to take it on and slay the dragon.

Another family dynamic has emerged. It involves a 95 year old resisting the issue of evaluating his continuing to drive. He is, in many ways, still able to manage, but he is struck with dementia that is increasingly serious.