Changes and Transitions Are Part of Life:
How Aware Are You of Them?
Transitions are Like the Changing Seasons
Life definitely has four seasons of the year (Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall). Some locations have one season that is longer than others, and some areas may have very little of one season, but each is different from the other. As one season changes into the next, the process are a form of transition.
Such transitions are the way changes develop. Transitions exist in humans as well. A child is born, who gradually grows into an older child, who eventually develops into the full adult stage, who over time changes into a mature or senior adult. Though each stage is different, there are similarities, and once entering into the mature, senior adult, some characteristics may appear similar to the first stage.
As humans have been living longer, some humans exhibit more “childlike behavior”, that leads to risky situations. The mature adult may begin to use poor judgment or be unwilling to follow rules or even push the limits that causes risks to themselves or others. This can cause the “full adult” (an offspring of the senior adult) to be faced with tough decisions about caring for their “parent”. Some refer to these “offspring” as the “Sandwich Generation”. (Those who may have children at home while also watching out for their own parents.)
Life is “full of changes”, but this stage of transition is one of the toughest emotionally. There are some resources that can be helpful, and it is exceedingly wise for families to discuss this BEFORE the changes take place. You care about your family members, so prepare now on how to address this difficult transition. Be reasonable and respectful, as well as responsible for your senior adults. How would you like to be treated as you age? Open communication is vital!