Gardening comes with a whole host of physical, emotional and therapeutic benefits. However as we begin to grow older, physical disabilities and chronic medical conditions can make it difficult for us to truly enjoy the hobby in the manner that we used to.
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There are a lot of benefits to owning a pet, especially for elderly people. They can keep you company when you are at home alone - stroking them has been shown to help people relax and lower their blood pressure, and looking after an animal helps keep the mind active. Of course, taking care of a pet is also a responsibility which depending on the kind of animal you choose, can be quite demanding.
One of the biggest fears among people in their fifties and over is of developing dementia in later life. According to a recent survey conducted in the UK, people fear cancer and dementia equally for themselves, and the fear of a partner developing dementia is slightly, at 84%, higher than the fear of developing cancer themselves, at 82%.
One of the most terrible eventualities of life revolves around the problems and issues that can arise with disease, old-age, and injury. Losing the ability to manage independence, with the freedom of complete mobility because of ageing muscles and weakened areas of the body can be incredibly upsetting. It could lead to a lower self-esteem, reduced confidence and even have a huge impact on day-to-day mood.
Changes recently introduced by the government now mean that some people are able to choose to take their pension as one lump sum on retirement, instead of receiving a regular payment or annuity.