According to the World Health Organization, 300 million people worldwide suffer from depression. In the United States alone, approximately 6.7 percent of all adults have experienced a severe episode of depression in the last year. The good news is that older adults are among the few who have a lowered risk. It is estimated that only 1 to 5 percent of older people suffer from depression.
If you think of retirement, what comes to your mind? Do you think of white sandy beaches, exotic cruises, and a life free from worries? Well, if you earned a millionaires salary when you worked, this may be a reasonable expectation. Otherwise, you will find (hopefully not the hard way) that those investments and pensions don't meet your financial needs.
“The best part of the art of living is to know how to grow old gracefully”- Eric Hoffer
Aging gracefully means different things to different people. There are those who take a "physical" approach and do all that is medically possible to remove the marks of aging. Others, go to the opposite extreme, stop taking care about their bodies, and live a life of mere existence. Still, others refuse to accept the fact that they are aging and continue their lives like a clock has stopped ticking. The path you choose to take matters for one reason- your life is not over. Just like all the other decisions you have made have had an impact on where you are, your choice to age gracefully will determine your future.
It is certainly true to say 'we've never had it so good' when it comes to relying on our trusted labor saving devices. The elderly and technology have formed a relationship that continues the upward trend of knowledgeable trajectory. The IT savvy pensioner is fast approaching the knowledgeable teenager of today. Elderly people are not nervous of their 'new' tools anymore. Below are 9 ways that technology is having a positive impact of the elderly today.
Many older adults feel satisfied with their lives and are ready to settle for a simpler lifestyle. A frugal lifestyle may be something you are considering as you approach retirement. Like with any decision, frugality may not be for everyone. Some decide to try a frugal lifestyle to stretch their savings as much as possible while others feel that frugality is in harmony with their values.
As we age, the world expects us to have a fixed idea about our philosophy of life. In a world that is always trying to mould you into its grip, creating values that are unique to ourselves and what we believe in with all our heart, can at times be difficult. To make things worse, we are surrounded by endless ‘formulas' about how to become the next Bill Gates or somebody else that is respected and revered.