As we age, our sense of purpose changes when we no longer have the same obligations, whether in our pasts we have worked outside the home or within. We begin to disengage from the normal activities that have been a pattern in our lives. Living with purpose becomes redefined. There comes a time when we find that our extended families and friends become preoccupied with the changes and demands of their own lives. Friends may have passed away, lost a spouse or partner, or outlived their own children all leading to creating distance that can invite loneliness and leave elders feeling without purpose. This disconnection from others can foster a loss of purpose, leading in some cases to apathy, lethargy, depression and even accelerate medical issues and illnesses.
Our care professionals at Welcome Home Residences are dedicated to helping every resident live a life of purpose, by building relationships with our residents. We encourage them to reflect and share their lives, interests and goals. And yes, elders do have ongoing goals that need to be honored and not overlooked. We are here to support them to continue engaging in life, giving them meaning from the time they put their heads on their pillows at night to waking in the morning to the joyful hope of another day and the wonders yet to be realized. We believe the secret to living well, well into old age, is engagement. Staying mentally, physically, socially and spiritually engaged helps stave off unhappiness, senility and ill-health.