We retire, the kids grow up and move out, we might experience health challenges. It can seem as if life is conspiring to rob us of the sense that we are useful! This is bad for our health according to a number of recent studies. To learn more, read the article below by Assisting Hands Home Care Potomac, “When Seniors Lack a Sense of Purpose.”
We all want to make a difference in the world, and to feel that our lives have meaning. Yet as we grow older, life changes can make us feel adrift, without goals or purpose. We retire from our jobs. Our children are grown, maybe moved away. Disabilities might reduce our ability to take part in meaningful activities. And it doesn’t help that our culture routinely delivers ageist messages that older adults aren’t as important or valuable.
This is a serious problem, say geriatrics experts. Consider these recent studies, which show how we link with a sense of purpose.