When we are young the world is at our feet and there is nothing we believe we can't do. Most of us learn to drive; we get a job and support ourselves without too much worry or concern, even in these rather difficult economic times.
As we get older we tend to find that we can't do as much physically as we once could and also we become more reluctant to take chances in life. Sometimes things donít work out quite as well as we might have liked but still we keep going, and our independence and indomitable spirit is what has helped the human race become the most successful species on the planet. As we get older, however, there may be physical disabilities setting in, or emotional problems due to the loss of a loved one, and life can get increasingly difficult. An inability to look after oneself can lead to frustration and depression, but anyone who encounters these kinds of difficulties should ask their local council for practical help and see their doctor for emotional support.
Often all that's needed is some practical assistance such as help around the home, or the installation of equipment to make life easier such as a stairlift. You can get more information here and may even benefit from a grant towards the cost of such an installation. Another useful feature is the walk-in bath for people with limited mobility due to arthritis or back problems and the investment for these aids is well worth while.
Other services may help too, such as occupational therapy, or meals on wheels (community meals). Whatever your needs you should ask your local council for help, and there is certainly no shame in this since you will have paid taxes through your life and are entitled to get something back when you need it.
If you can get out and about, so much the better, since it helps to keep you mobile and adds variety to life. If you can drive you might be entitled to a disabled parking badge which makes for an easier time in supermarket car parks and so on. Even if you canít drive you may be eligible for a free bus pass or discounted rail pass.
Your independence of spirit is something precious and to be proud of and admired. None of us wants to be a burden on the state, and, by getting state help that is due to us we can continue to look after ourselves for as long as possible. It is better to maintain your independence into old age if you possibly can, and still be able to choose which TV channel you want to watch!