As your parents or grandparents begin to age, it’s natural to start thinking about their health. You want to do everything you can to help maintain their quality of life.
To not seem over-involved in your elders’ health, we’ve highlighted a few subtle things you can do to help them maintain a healthier lifestyle.
Making sure your parents or grandparents are connecting with others is incredibly important to their health, especially if they have entered a nursing home or assisted living facility. Remaining isolated can lead to a rapid decline in both mental and physical health, making social interactions vital. Doing simple things like family birthday parties, weekend trips to the mall or even a night at the movies can give seniors something to truly look forward to. The positive effect of this amongst seniors is virtually immeasurable, so help them stay social as much as possible.
Routines are one of the most beneficial tools in a senior’s life. Establishing times for medication, checkups, meals and the aforementioned social activities can provide structure for those with a memory that isn’t what it once was. Should they be living on their own, routines become even more important. Routines help seniors navigate the course of everyday life, because without someone else there to remind them, appointments, meals and more may be forgotten. Purchasing a physical calendar can go a long way with a senior’s routine. It will give them something tangible to rely on, and it will put you at ease knowing the important things have been written down.
Make Sure They’re Involved
One of the most frustrating things a senior may experience is everyone telling them how they are supposed to live their life. To avoid making them feel as if their independence is lost, involve them as much as you can with their own health. You should still suggest the most beneficial courses for their personal care, but not taking their opinions seriously can negatively alter their mental health. Try suggesting two or three options you feel are appropriate. That way, they can be involved in the decision making and feel that they’re a part of managing their own wellbeing.