Three tips for elder resiliency… It’s not as tough as you may think

Three tips for elder resiliency… It’s not as tough as you may think

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With all that’s happening in the world, particularly since Covid, aging with grace has become an even tougher task.

What makes some individuals more resilient to life’s ups and downs? We asked three elders at Rose Schnitzer Manor Active Assisted Living—Eva, Reva, and Eve— for tips on keeping positive, active, and engaged.

  1. Socialization: Our seniors agreed that it is important to be independent, but also to have people around regularly.

“I thrive on people,” said Eva, 89. “I suggest for people to get involved and not live by themselves. The TV doesn’t give much interaction. Here, I can walk out of my room and talk to the staff or visitors and it’s very nice.”

Reva, 81, agrees, adding that isolation can be a recipe for negativity. “Finding peers with whom to share and not depending upon your children for entertainment is important,” she said. “Sometimes, my daughter who lives [in Portland] will call and ask me to dinner. And I’ll say ‘Gee, I’d like to, but I’m doing such and such.’ That’s the kind of relationship I want [with my grown children].”

  1. Humor: Eva and Reva didn’t know each other before living in a senior community. But they hit it off right away due to their similar humor.

“I got here about a month before Reva did,” said Eva. “And when she came into the dining room, she came to my table and we just hit it off. We’ve sat together ever since. We love to confuse the servers when they ask our names [since their names rhyme]. We always say if we were ever in the same school at the same time, the two of us would have been expelled. We laugh a lot. It helps; it really does.”

  1. Purpose: For Reva, playing games like bridge, Scrabble, and Mah Jong keep her mind active. And she starts every day by playing a round of Wordle. “Got it in three this morning,” she said. “I did, too!” said Eva.

Eve, 94, suggests focusing on what you can do, and what you want to do, rather than what you can no longer do. “A woman came into my office when I was still working and said, ‘You know, my mother gets up in the morning and she goes into the bathroom, looks in the mirror, and says, ‘Oh, I’m so glad to see you!’ I thought that was a very good attitude,” said Eve.

 

By Sydney Clevenger, with support from Arlene Layton. For questions, contact Sydney at Cedar Sinai Park: Active assisted living focusing on Jewish values. Welcoming of all Faiths. www.cedarsinaipark.org, (503) 535-4000