Linda wants to know how to repair a friendship torn by different lifestyles. Mary explains, that putting a hold on the relationship—even for a little while—is a good option, and could save more than just the friendship.
Seniors might have to take the initiative to overcome lack of companionship by finding the right time to connect with their families or by seeking other outlets for friendship.
-Mary Maxwell, Posted February 20, 2012
Linda from Tulsa writes, "Dear Mary, my best friend and I met 24 years ago and instantly connected. Lately however, we have begun to drift apart. She rretired 3 years ago and spends her days shopping, lunching and relaxing. I'm still working full time with no intentions of stopping anytime soon. My friend doesnt understand why I can't just drop everything to go on a 3-week vacation or a 2-hour lunch with her. I want to be friends but our lives are suddenly very different. How can I save our friendship?"
Linda, just so we're on the same page, would your friend be paying for that 3-week vacation and those 2-hour lunches? If not, then I think you're skating on thin ice. I think you would really like to be your friend--retired, traveling, lunching, reading, relaxing. I know I would. Would you mind giving me her phone number? Just kidding. No, it's probably time to put a hold on the friendship until you're in the same place as she is. It will prevent you from doing her bodily harm. Although, I don't think there's a jury in the world that would convict you.
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