Whether coping with a chronic condition or adapting to new developments as you age, it's important to maintain the things that bring comfort, satisfaction, and meaning to your life. You want to be able to define the goals that you have for yourself, both in the long term and in your daily routine. In so doing, you and your care providers will be able to better understand what care choices are most important to maintaining your quality of life.
Aging and/or living with a chronic condition means more than dealing symptoms. It introduces a host of other concerns, both long- and short-term, that must also be managed. Maybe you worry about the financial burdens stemming from your care. Or maybe you are having difficulty maintaining your mood. By identifying these concerns, you and your care providers can better formulate plans for meeting them and relieving the burdens that they place on you.
When symptoms are severe, you can have trouble meeting your basic needs. Even so, asking for help can be one of the most difficult things to do. That is why it is important to express your needs to your family, friends, and caregivers, so that, together, you can find a way for those needs to be met.
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