“I live alone and worry about what’s going to happen to me.” This is not only a concern for those who have macular degeneration but for many people with perfect vision, especially those of a ‘certain’ age, ie. seniors.

Living alone and being alone

People live alone by choice or by circumstances. Decisions made when we’re young and healthy may become a problem when we’re older and not so healthy. When people in my Facebook group discuss this, if they hear that someone has children, they assume that the person gets help from them. As people often point out, just because you have children doesn’t mean they’ll help you!

How does a person deal with living alone and facing a vision impairment or the possibility of one? I think that there are 3 basic aspects:

  1. Building relationships
  2. Finding services BEFORE they are needed
  3. Deciding if it’s time to move somewhere with more access to what is needed or may be needed

Building relationships

Were you married but now divorced or widowed? Did you depend on your partner or spouse for many things of the things that are now a problem? You are not alone if that applies to you.

With a vision impairment or other health problems, the most important thing you can do is to create and nurture relationships so that you have a circle of friends, especially if you do not have a family or your family isn’t near. Here are some suggestions about where you might find people to create your circle:

  • Church
  • Senior groups: You can search for ‘area agency on aging near me’
  • Face-to-face support groups: Search ‘low vision support group near me’ or ‘macular degeneration support group near me’
  • Groups with shared interests: Check your local library for groups like these. Interests such as crafting, reading, exercising, and other pastimes

The other reason to be social is that there is a lot of research that says that those who remain social are healthier and happier than those who are isolated. Those who are isolated have higher risks of health problems such as high blood pressure, obesity, Alzheimer’s diseaseheart disease and more! You can search for ‘aging social interaction’ if you want to learn more about this research and what it might mean for you.

Continued…. To read the rest of this article, you can visit this link – https://bit.ly/338SQy1.  This article was written and published on November 14, 2019, on MacularDegeneration.Net and authored by Linda C. Moore.

 

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