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Do you worry about tomorrow?

Do you worry about tomorrow?

Do you plan or not, prepare or not, sit back and only care about today, or not?  This question came to our minds after we received over 20 replies to a recent questionnaire we asked people to complete.  One purpose of the questionnaire was to try and gauge what a ‘typical’ person in their 60’s, 70’s or 80’s would identify as challenges they face now, challenges they think they will face in 5 years and what they would do to prepare for those identified challenges between now and then.  Sounds good, doesn’t it? The idea of asking these questions was to help Hope Trust identify activities, events or services we would need to develop to meet the needs of people as they mature.

Our challenge?  In reading the responses of all those people, virtually all of them wrote that they will ‘wait and see.’  No-one identified a plan to prepare for the challenges they themselves had identified.  No-one said ‘I’ll learn to cook’ no-one said ‘I will attend an exercise class so I stay fitter for longer’ no-one said ‘I know I will need to downsize my home in time so I am starting to plan that now.’  No-one said, my garden is too big so I’ll get a gardener.’ No-one said ‘I will assess my driving’ no-one said ‘I need to learn how to use a computer.’ Not to say that those respondents won’t do everything we’ve mentioned, and more, but it clearly isn’t front and central to their thinking right now.

So, for now, Hope Trust remains ready and willing to help any older person in the town - recognising that we might have to be flexible to meet emerging need as and when it occurs.