Stumbling & Bumbling While Aging with Fight/Flight Mindset…

by | Mar 1, 2022

“Do you know a difficult older adult in your life? We live in a society where the post-World War II Baby Boomer Generation (born 1946-1964) is reaching their senior years in ever-growing numbers. And, they represent an increasingly larger segment of the population.

Higher standards of living and medical advancements are extending life expectancies in many countries to well above the age of eighty.”

For me, it has become increasingly difficult, with aging, to filter stress and control some emotional behaviors. These challenges have become more evident to me the past few years, especially.

It takes great peer support, love, empathy and compassion to help older folks transition, make adjustments and healthy choices. As a professional, with a lifetime of identity, healthy ego and pride connected with my long career, it’s been a journey, tough at that.

The most difficult challenge for me in aging, has been family dynamics. I have to pause and take a deep breath on that part.

“Mindfulness Meditation Moments,” as a theme in blog posts here, provide useful information on this topic. It also takes a good therapist for some of us old folks who struggle at times.

Seniors need help more often than most I believe! Don’t be hesitant to ask for help. Help is always on the way. A phone or Zoom call can make a huge difference in a person’s quality of life.

Do some research. Reach out to friends, colleagues and loved ones. They are mostly patient, but have lives and stressess too.

Try not to call them every 2 minutes with whining, complaining and blaming about anything and everything stupid. And, you should avoid talking about how terrible and hurtful other friends and relatives are to you.

Most people in your circle of love care deeply about you and your special needs. After all, it scares them to start thinking about that themselves.

Remember to be kind. Just be kind and have empathy for the loved ones in your life. They need you as much as you need them.

Steve & Judy Sparks
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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