Whether seniors are making the transition to independent living or not, they are going through huge changes every day. Aging affects seniors' bodies, which can change everything from their physical abilities to their cognition. Relationships with family members can be altered as seniors age, and their identities can be affected as they transition into retirement living.
For many seniors, these transitions in life can feel overwhelming and scary, which is why seniors so often find themselves resisting change of any kind. A lot of the time, this resistance comes from fear - seniors may fear losing their identity, independence and even control over their own lives. Resisting change may not be the best way to manage that fear, though.
John F. Kennedy once said in an address, "Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future."
How to become more open to change
The quote from Kennedy gives an astute piece of advice: look forward. Change is inevitable in anyone's life, so it's important to look forward to the changes that may occur in the near future and create a plan for managing them.
If you know you'll be moving into an independent living facility within the next year, take an active role in finding one that meets your needs and wants. If you become an active player in these changes, you may find you have more control and independence than you thought you did. Plus, taking control of any situation can instantly make it less scary and more manageable.
Remember that it's normal to feel fear about the changes that are going on in your body, mind and life. If you're feeling overwhelmed, talk to a friend or family member about it, and see if they can help you come up with a plan for moving forward.