As your elderly parent ages, you may notice that their zest for life is not as strong as it used to be. This lack of ambition can be caused by a variety of changes such as no longer being able to participate in favorite pastimes or feelings of isolation or loneliness. Fortunately, there are simple ways in which you can help motivate your aging parent, providing them with a reason to live each day to the fullest.
- Visit Regularly – The loss of a spouse, close friends or family can leave a senior isolated with little daily interaction. While this can be emotionally devastating for a senior or elderly individual, it can also increase the risk for illness and disease. Try to schedule regular visits with your aging parent or loved one, giving them something to look forward too. If you are unable to visit due to physical distance, calling or video chatting is always an option, or you could consider help from a professional home companion. Highly trained and compassionate, home companions or caregivers are a great way to provide seniors with the company they need to help keep the motivated. Learn more about hourly care in Warren and part-time caregivers.
- Encourage New Activities – Some aging adults feel that their best years are behind them when they reach a specific age. However, educational courses at a local community college or senior center can stimulate their mind and instill passion. You can even introduce them to new technological devices such as smart phones, tablets and laptops which can allow them the opportunity to keep up-to-date with what is going on in the world. There are also many games available that can stimulate the mind! The participation in new activities often leaves seniors feeling more connected and thus more motivated.
- Sense of Purpose – Seniors can feel as if they no longer have a purpose. However, seniors have a lifetime of wisdom to impart and it’s important to help them find outlets in which they can share. Suggest they volunteer with their local church or community organization. By giving back to the community, seniors are able to work toward something and are more motivated to stick with the activity.
- Eating Healthy – Believe it or not, a healthy diet can contribute to a senior’s motivation. A diet high in sodium, sugar and fat can leave a senior or elderly lethargic and depressed. Substituting unhealthy eating habits with fruits, vegetables, lean protein and whole-grains can increase their energy levels and boost their mood. If you’re aging loved one needs help with cooking and grocery shopping, enlist in the help of a professional Warren caregiver who is trained in how to prepare delicious and nutritious meals for seniors.
If you are concerned about the physical or emotional wellbeing of an aging parent or loved one, contact Home Care Assistance of Warren today. Available 24/7 our Care Managers can answer any of your questions about senior health and wellness and can also schedule a complimentary no obligation to further discuss the needs of your aging loved one. Find out if in-home care is the right choice for your loved one by dialing 908.450.9400.