Disabilities in Old Age: How to Deal with them

lady in wheelchairThis is a guest post by  Lindsey McMahon.

If you are a senior citizen with a disability, you probably struggle on a daily basis. Having a disability can be hard for any person, but for the elderly, the pain can be even more severe. However, giving up is not the answer. There are always options and there are different ways to deal with the stress and uncomfortable feelings.

Getting Help

First things first, it’s important to ask for help. When you ask someone for help, you’re not weak, but admitting that you can no longer do things on your own or by yourself. Whether you seek outside help through professional care or have a family member or friend willing to assist you doesn’t matter; you just need to find reliable support.

Next, you might try visiting your local doctor. Of course, if you have a disability, then you’ve probably already spoken with him or her. However, it never hurts to make another appointment to get all of the facts, answers, and options for your specific case. Believe it or not, you may discover that your local physician has a few ideas that could be useful.
Finally, you could try to apply for social security. Again, this isn’t a sign of weakness; everyone needs help at some point in his or her life. You deserve to get all of the help you need and get the most out of life. When you apply, you just may surprise yourself and receive the assistance you need.

Getting Social Security

Unfortunately, not everyone is eligible for social security, specifically, social security disability.   According to creators.com, if you are 66 years of age or older and have never before filed for social security, then you may have difficulty gaining it now. However, if you are under the age of 66 and have never filed for any kind of social security, then you may find filing now to be a reliable and useful option.

Getting Benefits

It’s important to look for benefits and take assistance or discounts, when offered. For example, if you’re a senior citizen with a disability, then you stand the chance to receive price cuts for the following: bus rides, restaurants, drugs/medicines, movie theater entrance and other entertainment avenues, and much more.

Getting Out

One of the most important things to remember is that you can’t give up. You need to get up, get out, and have fun.

Even if you don’t feel well, you have to keep on living. It’s vital to eat healthy and, if you can, exercise. Of course, this doesn’t mean run a marathon. However, take a nice (short) walk around the neighborhood – or at least to the mailbox and back. You need to keep moving and do things that you enjoy, things that make you happy.

Visit with friends and family members, and keep laughing. You may not feel the greatest, but if you try to go on living somewhat of a normal life, you may find your disability or sickness doesn’t bother you as badly.

Having a disability is never easy. However, if you’re a senior citizen, then you are probably even suffering worse. You need to seek the help that you need and deserve, but also keep participating in tasks and events that you enjoy, things that put a smile on your face and make you feel good.

Author Bio: Lindsey McMahon is an enthusiastic writer on many topics from Sports to Health. She also likes to incorporate news suggested to her by her readers. If after this article, you’re concerned about your health and finances, consider looking to apply for social security.

Photo credit: lady in wheelchair image courtesy of Alex E. Proimos via photopin cc

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