As you get older you don’t like to think that your parents are getting older as well, and maybe starting to need extra help. These are tricky times and a hard subject to approach with loved ones. If you and your partner are unable to care for them you may need to find other options.
One of the better options is looking into care homes, there are many different types nowadays and they all cater for different stages of health and wellbeing.
Growing up my dad was always older then all my friends dads, but I never viewed him as old. In fact he’s more young at heart than my mum who is a lot younger than him. He says “you are as old as you feel”.
But as a society how do we view old age?
People nowadays are so much into their looks it’s unreal. You hear about plastic surgery stories from people trying to stay young and botox injections to make wrinkles disappear.
Everyone wants to live in a Peter Pan world of never growing up.
I’m sure if you asked an 18 year old what age would you associate with being old, I bet they would say something like 60. What about the middle aged? What would they say? 70? Now how about asking the older generation. I believe they would say something like 75+. So as you can see people’s perception of age can vary a lot.
This leads onto the question – Why are so many people scared of old age?
Gardening with mobility issues is very hard for the elderly and people with disabilities.
But why should they let this hold them back? Why not try to work around the disabilities?
My dad is 87 years old and loves the outdoor life. He has practically lived outside all his life and still does so nowadays. Being elderly it’s hard for him to make the most of his back garden. Only the other day he mentioned to me that he is going to stop planting on the veg patch because he cannot do it anymore. So I suggested to him why not just plant some potatoes into one of those potato grow bags you can get nowadays? It will save you stooping down so much. Or plant some lettuce in window boxes.
This has given him food for thought I can assure you!