Dr. Susan Varano, geriatric physician and former director of Yale’s Elder Horizons Program, answered questions about aging at The Greens at Cannondale’s third Community Education Series. Dr. Varano had good news and not-so-good news for older adults.
“There are those who face aging with acceptance and those who don’t want to talk about it,” she said. Acceptance is better because there are ways to make aging less burdensome. Changes will inevitably occur. Nothing seems as good as it used to be, but new routines can help make life easier. One of the biggest fears is memory loss. Finding it hard to remember names, wondering why you just walked into the kitchen are normal experiences for older adults. Growing older requires new habits. Making lists. Organizing your day. Parking your car in the same place. Doing one thing at a time and completing each task before starting another.