The nature of the world we live in is that people grow old. There’s no miracle to avoid old age. The older people among us are a blessing, as it is not easy to survive the rigours of this world and make it to old age. When our loved ones grow old they need care and assistance. They need help with their medication, with moving around because they can’t do what they did in their youth. While it may seem overwhelming at first, extending care can help both of you feel more connected during this later stage of life.
When our elders are left isolated it can have a negative effect on them psychologically. We want to visit them often and spend time with them. The time we spend with them is more valuable than whatever gifts or money we may offer. On our visit, we check around to ensure they have everything they need. A hired care-giver might not show personal concern for our loved ones as much as we would. We don’t want to leave anything to chance.
Keep Them Active.
When older people are left idle and inactive, they sink more into themselves and there’s a high risk they could have a mental decline. It is important that we keep them engaged. Ensure they have social interaction. It is important that they remain involved with their family and friends, or even venture out to make new connections. Exercise is also important in order to keep them healthy.
Healthy Meals and Medication.
Your loved one may not have the ability or desire to cook as they once did. When you visit, check to see how their kitchen looks and taste their stored food to see if the food still tastes good. They may start forgetting to add certain ingredients, or to wash vegetables properly. They need to eat healthy to stay strong, therefore arrangements have to be made for them to have regular well made food. Be sure that your loved one has adequate supplies of their medications. It is important that all their prescriptions are filled and refilled as needed. If possible get a pill box organizer with medications arranged according to prescription and days of the week.
Do not forget to take care of yourself as well.
Those taking care of older people undergo a lot of stress and anxiety. It is not an easy job. Eat well. Keep yourself mentally alert. Have fun and enjoy your own life as much as you can. Be calm and do not be afraid of the inevitable. Do the best you can!
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