Navigating Close Friendships, Especially with Aging & Health Issues…

by | Feb 22, 2022

We all change with age, especially as we grow older. My changes have come more quickly as becoming 70 something.

When health issues become a never ending 1million mile tune up, and requires fixes and replacement parts all in a short period of time, makes us crazier than normal. That’s really crazy for some like me.

This puts great pressure on your friends, colleagues and loved ones, especially your partner. In my case, I see, hear and feel her stress. It makes things worse when both partners are emotionally drained, anxious and depressed.

With this learned perspective, allow me to make some suggestions.

  1. Take frequent time outs
  2. Focus on self care
  3. Practice mindfulness
  4. Don’t pick on your partner
  5. Shut the hell up, enough already!
  6. Take a vacation
  7. Go on a day trip
  8. Change up your life style
  9. Do something really cool and a little risky.
  10. Don’t bother your close friends & loved ones. They have their own issues too.

These are my new rules to follow. I can’t remember these good practices so much these days. So, I need this list next to me as a reminder.

All the best in healthy aging and happiness in your lives.

Steve Sparks CEO Children and Families in Life After Trauma (CFLAT)

About the author

Steve Sparks is a retired information technology sales and marketing executive with over 35 years of industry experience, including a Bachelors’ in Management from St. Mary’s College. His creative outlet is as a non-fiction author, writing about his roots as a post-WWII US Navy military child growing up in the 1950s-1960s.
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