As told by: “Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?” by Roz Chast
By Eliza Adler
- You stop cleaning the same way you used to. Something called “grime” may accumulate in your home. Grime is a word used to describe a thin layer of dust that covers everything you haven’t cleaned in a while.
- You develop small health issues. They may be physical or mental, and they are common in older adults. Examples include high blood pressure, digestive ailments, or developing dementia.
- You fall. When your body becomes frailer and your senses (vision, hearing) become worse, you are more likely to fall. It could be off of a stool, down the stairs, or while reaching for something in a cabinet.
- You can’t get out of your house as much as you used to. Running errands, like grocery shopping, is much harder when you’re older. It may be hard to walk to the store or find a ride there, since you might not be able to drive anymore. Resources like Meals on Wheels or kind neighbors can help.
- You get sick. As your body grows weaker, it grows more susceptible to illness. It isn’t uncommon for elderly people to visit the hospital frequently due to illness, injury, or other medical issues.
- You forget things. As your body is becoming more fragile, your mind is too. You might find it hard to complete tasks that were once easy or you may find yourself asking the same questions over and over.
“Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant” by Roz Chast, 2014