"My parents seem to get rattled easy when there is a lot going on. Is this typical of people in their golden years?"
Not necessarily. You are going to find all different kinds of personalities in older people. Some are real laid back, some are anxious about life. It can have to do with coping mechanism and how your loved one deals with various stress and activity levels. The other thing that may be happening is that more and more of their friends are having health issues. Some are even dying. There is a lot of change going on in their lives which can sometimes get people rattled. Also, for all of us, some days are just better than others!
Published on December 15, 2011.