Help my old man enjoy his golden years...
December 23, 2011 10:02 AM Subscribe
My dad is retired, 78, pretty on-the-ball - but he's a little depressed about his waning years. Any advice?
posted by so_necessary to Health & Fitness (12 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
He's gamely pursuing various activities, but ultimately he's a bit down-in-the-dumps and finding that said activities feel like "going through the motions" or killing time until... well, you know.
To me it's understandable - I draw a fair amount of day-to-day strength from the fact I have a large amount of my life still ahead of me, so it must be a challenge to lose that. He used to be a self-employed consultant until he retired, so ambition and hustle were important to him, and I don't think he's found a way to satisfy those needs with 'for the pleasure of them' hobbies. I think he finds other older people a drag sometimes - he'd probably rather be around younger, sharper intellects. He's not religious at all.
I'd really appreciate any suggestions on what might help him feel better: whether it's new kinds of activities he might want to try, thoughts he should bear in mind, books that might give him a fresh perspective on matters, and so on. Perhaps there's a way he can indulge his go-getting Type A tendencies? He's open-minded about psychological therapies and so on.