Older adulthood, like childhood, brings about many changes over which one may have little to no control. Your children mature and may (or may not) move out. They choose partners and develop lifestyles of their own. Family traditions must change to adapt to these new lifestyles. You retire and are suddenly faced with the responsibility of structuring your days. Your body begins to decline, and when it does, it is unlikely that you and your partner will decline at the same pace. You may become the caregiver, or may be the one requiring care. Your siblings and friends will age at their own pace as well. Your current social circles will dwindle. What to do?
Some people stubbornly try to hold on to old patterns. Some embrace the new, and some simply remain in limbo, unsure of how to respond. Which path will you take?
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