Fear is defined as an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain or a threat. Feeling fear will lead to a biochemical and emotional response. Although it isn’t necessarily a good emotion, it allows us to understand a possible problem and take action against it.
Let’s consider three of the greatest fears that senior citizens face and what can be done to face these fears.
Fear #1 – Finding and Living Their Purpose
As we get older, our lives as we know them will start to change. One of the things we need to accept is that we don’t have the energy or strength that we used to enjoy. Unfortunately, not being as mobile as before means we can’t work like we used to do. So what purpose do I have in life?
While we may be thankful that we’re still alive, maybe we’ve experienced the death of our spouse or other family members. So the thought in our minds is: will I have to spend the rest of my years alone?
Facing Your Fears
The reality is that your “second half” of life won’t be the same, and it’s essential to accept that. But don’t count yourself out just because you’re a senior. We all can set goals in life we want to accomplish.
Now that work isn’t the priority, think about what you can do with your amazing free time. Maybe you want to pursue hobbies or train and counsel those from the younger generation.
Fear #2 – Will I Have Enough Money to Retire?
Whether you’re young or older, we can all face financial issues. But when it comes to seniors, we might fear reaching retirement age without having enough money. You may start to worry about:
- How will this affect my living situation?
- How will I pay for medical care?
- Will I become a burden for my children?
Facing Your Fears
While these may be legitimate concerns, plan for financial problems by having an open discussion with your children about handling your funds. Then, have them help you make a detailed budget that will ensure you cover your basic expenses.
Fear #3 – Health Problems
As our age increases, unfortunately, our health starts to decline. Seniors are more prone to developing many more conditions than the younger generations. The reality is that nobody enjoys being sick, constantly going to the doctor, or taking many medications. A decline in health means a decrease in energy which can also increase the risk of injury.
Face Your Fears
What can I do to prepare for the future? While developing some medical conditions might be out of our control, others can depend on our actions as seniors. So it’s vital we focus more on leading healthier and more active lives and not think: “I’m just too old for this.”
Refuse to Act Your Age at the Second Half Expo
There’s no need to fear entering the “second half” of your lives! The Second Half Expo is designed to help you fight your fears by connecting with the resources needed to live the way you have always imagined.
Join us Saturday, October 16, 2021, at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.