Depression at being too young to be in a nursing home
by Diane Alter
(Bronx, N.Y. U.S>A)
I'm an alert, active 68-year-old who was unwillingly incarcerated in a nursing home because of a fall that put me in a wheelchair and out of my charming, historic house.
My life was filled with the stimulation that fed my creativity within a small village with art stores, thrift stores, antiques stores, craft stores and ethnic restaurants.
Here I'm not able to indulge in any of those activities and what makes it more frustrating is that I'm now walking and have a lot of energy. I have a lot of "down time " and don't know what to do with it. I have compensated for the stores by ordering from catalogs, but I sorely miss being out in the community.
I like the computer but get lonely when everybody leaves. I need stimulating conversation as I completed five years of college and there's little humor here.
That's something I'm exploring through many sources but could use some advice. I'm not much of a television watcher.