Navigation Links
Living In The Past Indicates Dissatisfaction With Present

Bonn: It might seem quite natural for the elderly to often slip happily into reminiscence but living in the past could indicate dissatisfaction with the present, says psychologists. //

This phenomenon becomes a problem when an elderly relative starts living completely in the past and ignores the present. While some might welcome a break from older relatives repeating boring old yarns, it is not a normal symptom of ageing.

People who are unhappy with their surroundings might find it easier to retreat into the past. Studies have shown that older people with a positive self-image and perception of others enjoy the present more.

Indeed, there are many reasons why the past is so important to many senior citizens.

"As one ages, one is more physically limited, not as mobile and has problems seeing and hearing," says Jochen Tenter, specialist in clinical geriatry.

For many, life becomes less exciting. Lacking stimulus, people tend to focus on their inner life. "They can rely on that. It is dependable and no one can take it away," explains Tenter.

Society also often contributes to the problem.

"Elderly people are often marginalized because they cannot participate in life as actively as young people," observes George Adler, director of the Central Institute of Mental Health in Mannheim, Germany.

"If older people are fully valued and taken seriously, then they go about their lives and the present day much more positively. Memories and old stories are not necessarily bad," states Ursula Lehr, gerontologist and honorary chairwoman of the Federal Working Group on Seniors' Organizations (BAGSO) in Bonn.

"Many people begin to take account of their lives as they get old, and that dredges up a lot of memories," explains Lehr. It only becomes problematic for children and grandchildren when the same stories are told over and over again and only a proactive approach will help.
< br> "If you are really interested in the stories, ask for details. That makes it more interesting for the storyteller," suggests Tenter.

"A person repeats everything if he gets no feedback," explains Lehr. Instead, annoyed relatives should make it clear whether they already know the stories.

It would be better to say, "You have told me that so often already," advises Tenter.

Instead of living silently in the past, older people should seek contact with the younger generation. "Inter-generational contacts are advisable to put a stop to the past-oriented thinking," said Tenter. Additionally, it has been shown that contacts with unfamiliar people are also helpful.

"That way you get new impressions and maybe get to play a new role."

Psychologists and gerontologists also recommend that middle-aged people should be sure to maintain contacts and keep their spirits up. "That can mean games, dancing, sports or advanced crossword puzzles," recommends Tenter.

Further, Lehr says that elderly should keep themselves abreast of current affairs. "Old people should read a newspaper, watch the news, make dates and then discuss it all."

However, old stories should not be lost under any circumstances. "Young people should ask older people to write down their experiences and impressions," advises Lehr.

After all, telling old stories from old times is not just an expression of boredom or dissatisfaction.

Sourec:(IANS)
'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Greek Study Shows Living In The Hills May Be Healthier
2. Cobblestone Walking May Be The Key For Healthy Living.
3. Art of Living concept expanding around the globe
4. Strategies To Boost Living Donor Kidney Transplants
5. Adventure Enthusiasts, Risk Takers and Those Living on the Edge, Good News Coming Your Way
6. Job Opportunities for People Living With AIDS
7. Asthma Risk Pronounced In Children Living Close to Traffic Ridden Roads
8. Guidelines Laid Down By AHA for Healthy Living
9. Living alone is a deterrent to good health
10. Significant Increase In Heart Diseases Found In Older People Living Alone
11. Study Links Children Living In Isolated Rural Areas With A Higher Risk Of Cancer
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:5/30/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... May 30, 2016 , ... ... to use inside of FCPX," said Christina Austin - CEO of Pixel Film ... for use within Final Cut Pro X. Choose from abstract transitions to more ...
(Date:5/30/2016)... ... May 30, 2016 , ... Another ER facility operated ... Plano, located at 3960 Legacy Drive, Plano, TX and is open 24 hours daily. ... Commerce followed by a medical open house. The Jasper High School band entertained attendees ...
(Date:5/29/2016)... ... May 29, 2016 , ... "With 30 unique self-animating web themed intros and ... of their project," said Christina Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , ... for use in Final Cut Pro X. Pixel Film Studios’ minimalistic titles allow users ...
(Date:5/28/2016)... ... May 28, 2016 , ... May 26, 2016- In search of the K. ... theme event of “K Warriors” on June 4, 2016 at Ashbury Hotel and Suites ... is sponsored and hosted by Shaolin Institute and sanctioned by KSF (Kungfu Sanda Federation), ...
(Date:5/27/2016)... ... 27, 2016 , ... More than a third of American adults are considered ... surgery has received increased attention in recent years, as an article published ... weight loss, most people are familiar with the basic requirements of maintaining a healthy ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/30/2016)... -- - DCGI grants limited approval to market Stempeucel® ... - Stempeucel® becomes 5th off-the-shelf Stem cell product to be ... - Buerger,s Disease (also known as Thromboangiitis Obliterans) is a major ... - Prevalence of Buerger,s Disease is estimated to be ... persons in the European Community & USA ...
(Date:5/27/2016)... , May 27, 2016  A new study highlights the necessity of health literacy ... Journal of the American College of Radiology , a majority of oncology patients undergo ... Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160527/373022 ... ... Medical Diagnostic Imaging Ampronix ...
(Date:5/27/2016)... 27, 2016 Hutchison China ... focused on the highly lucrative global oncology and ... of potential first-in-class or best-in-class tyrosine kinase inhibitor ... with strategic partners. HCM,s profitable Chinese healthcare business ... We expect progress of the mid-to-late-stage pipeline during ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: