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Successful Aging: Older Adults More Resilient About Loss

Helen Dennis Personal connections: They are socially engaged with family, friends and often are part of a community or participate in paid or unpaid work. Sense of purpose: They are involved in activities that provide purpose and meaning that affect their view of the future. Self-efficacy: This refers to individuals being able to manage their own problems. Additionally, they are flexible and can adapt. S.L., one way to help your father cope with the change is to discuss these characteristics with him since they are related to resilience. Ask him to assess how well he is doing and, if needed, what changes he might entertain. Achieving a new normal can be difficult. Here are a few thoughts to consider regarding your fathers activities. If he cannot walk the previous distances, consider walking slower for a shorter distance and perhaps observe more on his walk. The emphasis needs to be on what he can do. Instead of hiking, could he take a cruise to a new, exciting part of the world? This would not only compensate for the change, but possibly bring on new kinds of adventures. Perhaps there are activities he can pursue that dont require physical stamina such as mentoring, reading aloud to children at a library or taking a class. Participating in a physician-approved exercise program also may help.
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