How to Cope Alone with Aging

Not all boomers have support to get them through the aging process. Some will enter their later years single, divorced or widowed, and without children’s support. Although this is sad, it is a fact. You may have the resources to hire help when things get difficult, but according to statistics the support of a partner, children and friends is necessary for your well-being, especially at this juncture in your life. However, this may not be possible for some. So, here are a few ways you can cope alone with aging.

Face Facts

You may think family will help you in old age, but think again! You should never count on others to look after you and be there for you as you age. You have to face facts that sometime in your life you will be alone. The transition becomes easier once you face it. Then, you are able to make alternative plans so that there will always be some sort of assistance if you need it. Whether you have children or not, it is always better to consider alternative plans and not rely on them to look after you in old age.

Create your Own Family

If you don’t want to be alone in old age, start making friends and form relationships that will last through your aging process. A good way to do this is to live in active adult communities. Here, you will find plenty of people your own age who may be ready, just as you, to form friendships and lasting relationships simply because they too are alone. Sometimes, non-family relationships can be more meaningful than family relationships. So, think about it and, if you can, make the change.

Organize your Life

As you age, certain things need to take precedence over others. These include making your will, a healthcare proxy and long-term care insurance. Meet with an attorney and financial planner and get your life organized. Keep all your documents in one, safe place and inform some family and friends about your documents. Think about your options, make the decisions and start organizing your life so you don’t end up alone for the rest of your life.

Aging alone can be extremely difficult. However, with these coping strategies you may be able to manage the aging process with a minimum of fuss.

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