As we age our bodies and minds go through a lot of changes, our energetic and agile physical bodies start to become slower and more fragile. The mind too becomes frail, the shocks, traumas and stress levels we could handle in our younger years start to diminish. There could be many reasons for this, let’s look at a few of them.
Society and financial status
Depression sets in when we start to think about how under achieved we are during the sunset of our lives. We look around and see our neighbors, colleagues or relatives in a better position than us and start to question our self-worth and achievements, the worst part is knowing that it’s too late to do anything about it now. So if you see your father or mother going through this, go easy on them. Keep reminding them of how much they have succeeded.
Children getting married or leaving home.
When you flee the nest to make one of your own, you often leave behind a void that is very hard for your parents to fill up. They have seen you grow up all your life, even though they might be proud and happy for you being independent or getting married, they will soon start to feel lonely. So make sure you visit from time to time or at least call to check on them regularly.
Old age sometimes comes with a series of health complications, especially in India. These illnesses often impact the mind in one way or the other. A once abled and agile senile might find it hard to cope with ageing, and in turn it instills a sense of dependence and uselessness. This could turn into depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses. So if your parents or elders you are caring for seem to be difficult, have patience with them. Remember that they had patience with you when you were younger.