In all stages of our lifes there are joys and difficulties – and the older years are no different.
I’ve listed some of the joys here for class discussion. Some are in the lesson manual and some are my own.
- Continued association with a spouse or other close family member.
- Children: great nieces and nephews, grandchildren, friends and ward members.
- Peace: there can be times of rest and peace in later years. A great blessing.
- Time: often there is more time in later years – to be used for interesting travel, new hobbies, renewed friendships, etc.
Here I’ve listed difficulties in the same way.
- Unresolved past problems: relational, spiritual, or temporal – these problems can weigh on the mind and heart.
- Financial difficulties. Financial problems can come in many forms and are not always the result of poor planning. These can be difficult to resolve in later years.
- Health Concerns – Illness and Pain. As we age, our bodies break down and the elderly can be plagued with many illnesses and also chronic pain. Poor vision and hearing loss can also create frustration.
- Losing loved ones – including spouses. Many close friends and family members pass away as we age. This can be emotionally painful and lonely.