Reassuring article, New York Times; Aging’s Misunderstood Virtues explains that as we age our so do our tastes, preferences and what interested us at 45 or 50 may not be of interest in later years, as we mature so do our interests, we are continually evolving. I have worried that my mother seems to spend more time alone than I think is healthy. Perhaps not; quoting from the article;
“We develop and change; we mature,” he told me in a phone interview from his home in Uppsala, Sweden. “It’s a process that goes on all our lives, and it doesn’t ever end. The mistake we make in middle age is thinking that good aging means continuing to be the way we were at 50. Maybe it’s not.”
An increased need for solitude, and for the company of only a few intimates, is one of the traits Dr. Tornstam attributes to this continuing maturation. So that elderly mother isn’t deteriorating, necessarily — she’s evolving.
“People tell us they are different people at 80,” Dr. Tornstam explained. “They have new interests, and they have left some things behind.”