Jane's Mix Tape 5- Lean on Me

This month’s selection Lean on Me (the Club Nouveau version not the Bill Withers version because I like my jam) acknowledges that we all need someone to lean on at some point.  As we age, that might just come more frequently. So, I want to give a shout out to family members and caregivers in recognition of #NationalCaregiversMonth, acknowledge that we all need to look for the signs in honor of #AlzheimersAwarenessMonth, and lend a hand when needed, especially on or near #NationalKindnessDay

In addition to thanking those who support us in our day-to-day, this song reminds me that we are all connected.  I have always been an independent person.  I think I got that from my parents both of whom rarely asked others for help and sought to push through and do things themselves.  What we forget when we do that, is how good we feel when we do something for someone else and how often someone in our lives or community is the perfect person to provide us the support that we need. 

The impacts that aging has on us as older drivers is important to recognize.  Knowing the signs to look for, whether they be cognitive issues or physical ones, is the first step – asking for help is the second step.   Admitting you need any help may hurt our pride and wound our ego but sometimes it is necessary. As the song says: “Please swallow your pride, if I have things you need to borrow. For, no one can fill those of your needs, that you don't let show.” The gift of giving is precious not only to the recipient but to the giver.  And again, the song reminds us that looking out for each other is not a one-way street – traffic flows both ways on that avenue. 

As the month winds down and we think of the things we are thankful for, I want to add those who I have leaned on in the past and those I will lean on in the future – friends, family, and professionals.  Have a great Thanksgiving and be safe if you are traveling!