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I moved to this independent living home a year ago. Most of the residents here have caregivers, have various degrees of alzheimers, the rescue squad comes daily and I am the youngest one here. I would move but I don't have the cash to do so at this point. My issue is, I am disabled, can't drive anymore and am stuck in my apartment for the most part and 66 years old (young?) and trying to make new friends. All family is deceased and friends too, so I am starting over. This one friend I invested alot of time in this past year announced to me recently that I am not sophisticated. I have been pulling away from her due to her other rude remarks about my personality and reducing my exposure to her lately and she wants to talk about it tomorrow. My self esteem has taken a beating due to her verbal abuse. She was away for a month and the day she comes home, my heart starts pounding, I loose sleep and just feel utterly too stressed to think straight. I don't have many friends here to help normalize myself and balance things out, so I am left alone for the most part. I do go to some of the functions here, but.................. you know................ cane fights, etc, kinda drive me away, LOL. So, back to this discussion tomorrow. I won't back down, I know the verbal abuse will come out and the putdowns and I won't allow it. I have had some distance from her and can see things pretty clearly now, only thing is that I will miss her as a "friend" to do things with outside of where I live, that is if we do only what she wants to do. My to-do list is really quite long, so I guess it's back to taking the paratransit to get around. Wish me luck tomorrow and thanks for listening. Purple.