Continue to interview Mrs Wood by clicking on the questions below...
Do you find it easy to get around your neighbourhood?
Can you walk around OK? Do you need any walking aids or have you ever fallen?
Do you do your own cooking and shopping?
Are you able to perform all the usual daily activities, such as having a shower or bath, personal grooming, dressing and going to the toilet?
Mrs Wood, why have you stopped going out and taking part in your usual activities?
Are there any other aspects of your life at the moment that are particularly concerning to you?
Yes, my place is close to the bus stop and the medical centre, library and Senior Citizens centre are just down the road. Havenít been there for a while though. Just prefer my own four walls these days.
No, I can walk OK.
Yes, I cook for myself and one or other of the girls will take me to the shops when I ask them. I donít bother with fancy meals any more though. Since Chris died, I just have something simple, like toast or soup. I donít have much of an appetite at all. Just canít be bothered with preparing food or eating it. Itís like chewing cardboard.
Yes, I can do all those things, but I donít bother every day. I donít go out much any more and tend to sleep alot, so it makes sense to me to stay in my bed clothes during the day. Jill, my daughter, has been pestering me lately though, collecting my washing and making me have a bath and get dressed. Iím just too tired to go to too much bother.
Just not interested any more. Canít seem to drum up much enthusiasm for anything. I feel like I havenít got anything to offer. Iím empty.
Yes, mainly just that some days I havenít got the will or the energy to be bothered getting out of bed. Iíve tried reading a book or watching the television, but I canít seem to concentrate on anything. I guess I just feel low most of the time. I never used to be like this. Sometimes though, I do feel better once Iím up and about.