Conditions of Aging: Taking Care

Apr 22nd, 2010 | By | Category: Senior Moments Blog

This three part series begins today and will conclude next Tuesday It will focus on three topics:  Taking Care, Needing Care and Receiving Care. 

Today’s topic comes with it the assumption that most people will want to take care of themselves sufficiently enough to avoid moving too soon into the second category:  Needing Care. 

Taking Care is full of so many natural and normal givens that even making a list or discussing the subject seems presumptuous and borders on asking whether even going here is necessary.  However, there are those of us who will and do overlook developing habits and practices which contribute to our Taking Care.

Among the collection of people I know are some who stubbornly insist there is no need for an annual physical.  If symptoms occur, ignore them, they will go away.  If certain signs suggest the need for a visit to the physician, wait a few days and they will dissipate.  These behaviors are exactly why Taking Care cannot be taken for granted.  Preventative behaviors contribute to avoiding the unexpected surprises of symptoms becoming more seriously threatening.  Most people today seem to fall in the category of a more disciplined view of their health issues.  If they do not, sometime it is because of fear, cost, a sense of intimidation or other discouraging promptings. 

Fear, of course, is frequently a factor in our approaching questions related to our health and bodies.  That is why all kinds of suggestions are urged upon us for taking care of ourselves.  The more we impose care taking methods upon our daily routines, the less likely we are to fall subject to deteriorating and threatening conditions.  If this sounds scary or intimidating, it is meant to.  Intimidation in an effort to prompt appropriate action is better for you than allowing intimidation to deter you from taking action.   

Cost has been much in the news of late.  Health Care Reform has been at the center of issues related to helping persons not to be held back from regular attention to the health issues that face them.  Self interests have loomed large to keep the status quo.  Persons whose self interest dominate the need to be sure they are well cared for will enable being informed and aware of how Health Care Reform can enable your not putting off effective check ups and so on.  Marching in protest may give you temporary exercise.  Going to your physician and being sure you are in good health will likely do more for you. 

To conclude:  taking care means just that.  It includes being informed about what is available to help you if you face certain symptoms.  It involves doing your homework regarding how to meet the potential costs of treatment;  it encompasses a regular and disciplined exercise program;  a healthy diet;  adequate rest;  a good attitude;  a scheduled check up routine; a willingness to listen to others if they observe health issues that you haven’t.  Taking Care means that your body is the most important part of who you are.  Endowing your body with healthy sensitivities will likely not only extend your life, but create a pleasant environment for your spirit and mind and soul to reside.

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