Adaptive Solution 1

I’m always on the alert for adaptive solutions people employ to meet their needs. Several have stood out over the years.


When my father began experiencing dementia, unable to remember directions, he could no longer take the bike rides he’d enjoyed for decades. Instead of giving up on exercise, he began taking yoga classes several times a week. I once asked Dad what he liked about yoga. He explained that he felt a sense of accomplishment when he mastered a pose. This mastery enhanced his sense of self-worth, in and out of the yoga studio, as he slowly lost his cognitive abilities. Dad replaced an exercise regimen he loved with another that made him feel good about himself. I thought this was one of the smartest things I’d ever heard. As my body changes, I will remember how Dad coped, try to be mindful of what I’m still able to accomplish, and focus on that.


Sometimes I don’t feel well enough to embark on the twenty-minute walk I usually enjoy during my lunch hour, but I still want to get out of my office for a break. I don’t like to sit inside under florescent light for nine hours straight. On days when I’m not up for my mid-day stroll, I take several micro breaks instead. I walk out of my building into the central courtyard of the hospital and amble to the farthest building and back. This allows me to stretch my legs, soak up some sun, breath the fresh air, and enjoy a mental break from the psychiatry ward where my office is located. These micro breaks are rejuvenating and don’t deplete me the way the longer walks might. If I time allows, I’ll take several of them in lieu of the longer walk I prefer. I’m always seeking new ways to meet my needs, and this one works well.