Do you spend time wondering about the future years and how the aging concerns like independence and safety will play out for you? Even questions like will my money last and who will look out for me are big dilemmas if you haven't planned for them.
I’ve been in senior care since 2006, and it still surprises me that so much emphasis is put on finances when planning for retirement. I’m not saying money isn’t important at every stage, but after helping my parents with their care and speaking with many older adults about the aging complexities, it would make more sense for people to take a wider-spread approach instead.
Caregiving Offers Knowledge
Have you ever been a caregiver? What was it like for you? Did the role and its tasks convince you that taking a holistic approach to your own senior years would better serve you? It doesn’t matter if you’re living alone or not, the entire process of creating a secure and certain future is loaded with obstacles and setbacks.
I believe each of us know what contributes to living well. Even though you may have a sense of what’s important, do you know how to assess where you are right now and what needs remedy, or at least your attention?
Do you know what aspects of aging requires evaluation? Once you learn what needs evaluating, do you know how to measure for satisfaction and confidence?
That’s what the group content is about: The contributing factors for aging well. You’ll learn them, how to assess them as they relate to your life, and then, what to do about them to ensure an independent and safe future.
You have gained a sense about the aging-related issues by helping an older relative or spouse. The act has positioned you to evaluate and rate your own years ahead.
Assess Your Aging Domains
Life revolves around ten domain factors that contribute to wellness: health and fitness, home and where it’s located, friends and connections, activities for engagement, self-growth, spiritual contentment, having support, finding purpose, money to sustain, and to be mobile.
Which one(s) make you feel confident or apprehensive? Do you know how each measures in satisfaction and security? Have you ever considered rating the life's domains? What questions do you ask to assess each one? If you did assess them, do many fall short or are you poised well in all ten? Do you want to know or would you prefer not knowing? Do you want your life to change?
If you were given a process that guides you through a self-appraising strategy, would you do the work and learn as much as possible?
Ask yourself.. Do I want something to change? Perhaps it’s having better health, more friends, finding a purpose, or having more money? Are you at a point to commit to making changes that will improve life in 1, 2, 5 years from now?
If you are ready to commit, then let’s get started! Making that decision puts you halfway there. Just know nothing can change if you don’t identify how well you rate where you are right now and start to address them. The first step--understand what is not working and what is working well.
Once you self-appraise each area of the top aging issues, you’ll give it a value on the scale from 1 to 10, with 1 being a “difficulty or complete dilemma” and 10 is “wow, this feels good.”
When evaluating for confidence, be completely honest with yourself and give an accurate value that adequately represents your level of satisfaction with each aspect, the barriers that impede wellbeing and the things that you worry about most.
Gain Clarity about the Risks
Knowing the potential risks equips you with clarity, knowledge of what’s ahead, and to prepare. Once recognized you get an immediate sense of relief knowing what’s in store. It’s the 'not knowing' that heightens worry and stress. Remember, when in a state of tension and unease, the brain reverts to distractions and absent-mindedness which hinders the ability to organize thoughts for preparation.
Planning requires self-control, mental effort, and willpower.
Single adults' biggest concerns when living alone without the help of nearby family can be mitigated and remedied. The tools you are given in the Solo Aging Master Group Coaching helps you prioritize the concerns and to set the trajectory for living a more confident, fulfilling, and secure tomorrow.
The solo lifestyle assessment guides you through a roadmap that personalizes a plan just for you. It inspires action with personally relevant content and simple action steps you can make every day that ensures a healthy, socially connected, supportive, affordable, and purposeful lifestyle.
Learn to Mitigate the Top Issues of Aging