15 Sep Mood Swings for Baby Boomers
As baby boomers get older, they find they must deal with all kinds of emotional roller coasters. The pitches and rolls that take place in later life can cause the emotions to go into freefall, producing mood swings reminiscent of the tantrums and depressions experienced in adolescence. These moods can be dark and upsetting, not only for the sufferer but also for the friends and family who have to deal with them.
For those who live in a home where members of several generations reside side by side, the problems of mood swings in baby boomers can cause friction and a less than harmonious atmosphere. There is no need to avoid people who are in the throes of milder mood swings. Although some of the behavior exhibited will be unacceptable, it is far better to talk and include the sufferer in the conversation rather than make their mood worse by isolating them.
Mood swings tend to present in waves, unfortunately. A baby boomer who is quite happy and content for several weeks will suddenly display all the unpleasant and obnoxious behavior associated with cantankerous older age and continue to do so for several more weeks before the mood lifts and the sun finally comes out. The sun always does come out eventually, by the way!
For people living with an older relative trying to fit into a family arrangement, it is always a good idea to allow a measure of privacy: a place to sulk, if you like. As baby boomers progress into late middle age and eventually older age, the onslaught of the symptoms of frailty can cause considerable sadness. It is understandable: after all, one day you are fit and young and attractive and the next you are trying to combat constipation and being fitted with a hearing aid. Certainly it’s unpleasant and nobody should have to go through it without the love and support of family and friends.
Older people often miss the point of having an area in the home that is theirs to use exclusively and tend to stray to other parts of the house to vent their frustration at getting older on younger members of the family, seeking the comfort of youthful companions. Younger family members tend to have only a bedroom that is for their exclusive use so unless they want to live in there for weeks on end while Grandma indulges her mood swings, they have to put up with the fallout! Baby boomers would do well to remember that a private sitting room is a great refuge but younger family members do not have one. Make full use of yours!
Moods can affect everyone, good moods as well as bad ones. Try to expose family and friends to a fair share of both and keep the worst temper tantrums for the privacy of a private room, where you can shout at the television to relieve your anger and frustration at getting older but not necessarily wiser!
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