How to Grow Old Gracefully With Your Amputation

Things Amputees Can Do To Extend Their Lives

There are things amputees can do to extend their lives, This article will address now to grow old gracefully with your amputation. EvThis is an image of an amputee from the middle ageser notice you never hear anyone talk to you about amputations and aging? Though we don’t have much control over aging, we do have some power over the way we see ourselves. As you age, you may face feelings of depression, helplessness, financial problems, pain, and other medical or health problems. All of these problems will likely be heightened when an amputation occurs. Change overall is a tricky thing. Imagine living decades with the way your body has looked, using your limbs to do things without much thought. Now, what you might have taken for granted, has to be looked at differently, and you have to readjust to this crazy world.

As you age, you will see how much you have dealt with your loss. You may understand that a part of your body is gone during your waking hours. Yet you still dream of having your missing limb. You have to figure out how to deal with your anger, sadness, and helplessness in your dreams. Since amputation is a grief process, this may take some time. The good news is that as time passes, the feelings of loss will be less intense. Dream interpretation is not a parlor game and can help immensely.

There are things amputees can do to extend their lives

You can learn to cope with life differently by changing the way you think. This doesn’t mean that you have to deny your feelings; it just means that you will need to look at your life and your limb loss in a different way. Are you willing to do this? Are you willing to see that in an authentic way in your everyday life, you can learn new ways of doing and being? You aren’t as helpless as you believe. You might have lost a limb, but you have not lost yourself or your ability to voice what you are thinking and feeling.

How to Grow Old Gracefully With Your Amputation

Your thoughts may say, “Now that I am an amputee, I look different. Losing a limb meThis is a group of amputees from the middle agesans that I am a different person and that all I was in the past has disappeared.” But is this true? Of course, you look different now, and there are changes and adjustments that you will have to make as an amputee. But are you all that different? Before your amputation, was your physical appearance the only feature that mattered? Probably not. Certainly, you are far more than your physical appearance. You have skills, talents, and characteristics like compassion, integrity, love, understanding, etc. Are these parts of you less important than your limb loss? Certainly not!

Don’t isolate yourself. Many studies have shown that people who are lonely often suffer from more health problems. If you are nearing retirement age or are already retired, it may be a great time to revive an old hobby or interest or to learn something new. You might also like to volunteer in your community. When people are active and “giving back,” they usually feel more fulfilled and less lonely. They are also more likely to feel better about their lives in general.

The Problem of the Aged Amputee

A Closer Look At Mortality After Lower Extremity Amputation

Aging Gracefully With an Amputation