By Berlin Meredith, Senior Services Coordinator
SELF-ESTEEM IN OLDER ADULTS
Self-esteem is the mental image we carry of ourselves. Changes in roles, activities and lifestyles that can occur with aging may cause us to re-examine our self-concept. Many problems result from society's attitudes towards older adults. Some adults feel less important as they feel more dependent on others. This combination can be especially hard on someone's self-esteem.
Most people feel some loss of control as they age. Some of this depends on factors you may not be able to control. Your appearance will change. Your reaction times will slow down. Your senses such as hearing or vision may change. However, there are other areas of your life you can control. How can you do this - by staying as independent as possible and by acting in ways that encourage other people to respect you.
Take control of your health. Eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, visit your primary healthcare provider and your dentist, take your medications as prescribed, and learn more about how to deal with any medical conditions you have. It is easier for people in general, including your family, to respect your judgment if they see you caring for yourself in this way. Make sure you really talk to your primary healthcare provider about your medical concerns. Ask about books you can read and places to get information.
Take control of your time. Be as active as your physical condition permits. Think about what it is that you do well and that you can share with someone else. Look into taking classes that keep you moving. Physical activity can enhance a person's self-esteem. Older adults who can talk about classes, volunteer work, part-time jobs, or activities often find that others really enjoy talking with them.
Take control of your relationships and your social life. Get active in a church, a social group, or a club. Find out what your local senior center has to offer.
If your self-esteem seems negative, no matter what you do, it may be a sign of depression. While depression is common in older adults, it is also very treatable. If you think you might be suffering from depression, don't be embarrassed to ask for help from your healthcare provider.
Older adults who feel happy and in control of their lives often have higher self-esteem than the young or the middle-aged. Good self-esteem will help keep you both happy and healthy.
Madison Manor resident, Gloria Snyder has received the distinguished title of Silver Haired Legislator for this term of the West Virginia Silver Haired Legislature. Members of the Silver Haired Legislature have this honorary title bestowed upon them when they reach the age of 60 or older, have 25 or more signatures of their peers on their petition, submit it to the county coordinator and express the desire to serve gratis. She will serve a two-year session, the first of which is the Interim Session and the second year is the Regular Session. The Legislature is composed of 134 representatives. This year 138 representatives were chosen, four of whom are considered alternatives. Ms. Snyder is currently serving her Interim Session. We congratulate you Gloria on your achievement. Way to go!
SENIOR FUN DAY 2008
By the time you read this, many hours will have gone into the preparation for our annual Senior Fun Day 2008. Residents of Madison Manor, Trowbridge Manor and Riverview East will ascend upon Fairfield Towers and, along with the Fairfield Tower residents, will begin a day of games, fun and refreshments. Residents of each high rise donate their time and talents to achieve this annual event.
LIFE AT A HIGH RISE
Ever hear someone say "there's nothing to do around here"? Well, the senior high rise residents can't say this. They can get about as involved as they care to at their own high rise without leaving it via church services and Bible studies, bingo, karaoke, birthday parties, dinners, pot luck, rummage sales and dances just to name a few. Add to that, outside agencies come in and furnishing refreshments, games and services such as corn hole, shuffleboard, blood pressure readings, bands from local financial institutions and even something as mundane at working on a picture puzzle means there is always something to do. Or maybe they just want to meet in the lobby or community room and have a discussion or talk. "Nothing to do"…… not around here.
Even though all residents of each high rise are members of their Resident Council, it is the elected officers who are encouraged to attend the Resident Advisory Board Meetings and represent the desires and concerns of the residents as a whole.
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