Senior Cranky Pants

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

Constipation? Aches? Pains? What causes a Senior to go all Cranky Pants?

Seniors often get teased about being cranky - and with constipation, aching joints and thinning hair we've got a lot of things to be cranky about.

Several years ago, my husband and I were eating at a popular hole-in-the-wall, the Meer's Restaurant in Oklahoma, just a stone's throw from the Wichita Mountains National Refuge.

This very elderly gentleman was leaving the restaurant with his darling little wife and stopped to whisper to us, "Order the peach cobbler!"  

He was simply adorable - and it was at that moment that I thought, "I want to be like him when I grow that old!"

Here he was - perhaps on the very last trail leading to his final transformation, yet he was so darling, so polite, so precious. He was living life for the moment. And shouldn't we all?

Having a positive outlook on life can do very good things for our health.

Our happiness can also influence others around us, particularly those closest to us, who generally mean the most to us.

When my dear old dad passed away, I'll admit that the incident triggered thoughts of mortality.  

And I have reflected greatly on his life, and have rewound and replayed so many special moments that I shared with him.

These are just a few of the things that I loved best about my dad:

glass_yellow.gif He never complained about being blind.

glass_yellow.gif A diabetic, he never complained about not being able to enjoy many of the very sweet desserts during the holidays. I remember many times however, that he did the forbidden and suffered for it later.

glass_yellow.gif When times were stressful and looked hopeless, he looked upward, then gave everyone hope.

glass_yellow.gif He was generally a very happy soul and when I remember him, I can still hear his special laugh.  

He was a wonderful living example - without the peach cobbler, of course!

Writing Our Destiny, Our Legacy That We Leave Behind

How do you want to be remembered? As Mister Cranky Pants OR as that sweet gent who was all smiles and an absolute delight to be around.

If you're a senior and experiencing issues of crankiness, if you can't lift your mood and turn things around on your own, you should see your doctor for help. You may be suffering from an illness or disease which is responsible for your foul mood, such as clinical depression.

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