The majority of us will wish to keep our independence for as long as possible, and in many cases this is noble. However, it can also lead to people ignoring issues that arise simply due to the fact that they do not wish to face up to the fact that they are not as young as they used to be.
One example is the addition of straight stairlifts within homes. Whilst such an item is there specifically to ensure people can retain independence, many people see them as a sign that they can no longer do certain things unaided and so choose not to install one until they have already past the point where such an installation was crucial.
In turn, accidents may well happen in the home unnecessarily, leading to many long term problems and even, in some cases, leading to people simply wanting to move out of their home, when the simple addition of a stairlift would have saved them all that trouble.
In other cases, individuals may limit themselves to certain parts of the house to avoid having to go up steps or climb stairs. Again, this is seriously reducing one’s quality of life and by embracing one’s age and installing a straight stair lift before problems are even encountered, it is likely that people will feel far more comfortable in their home, and will be far more likely to maintain their full independence for as long as possible.
Whilst we will often do anything in our power to avoid facing our increasing age, embracing the passage of time will often make people far happier. In many ways, there are some great benefits to getting older, and with more people staying healthier for longer, age is not the same hindrance it used to be. However, admitting when one may need help due to reduced mobility is important to make sure one doesn’t hurt themselves or miss out on many opportunities.