Growing old is an interesting thing, isn’t it? We all aspire to live long lives. Whenever someone passes away at a relatively young age, we generally consider it to be a tragedy. And why wouldn’t we? Technically speaking, we all have the ability to live into our hundreds. While hitting the century mark is a rarity, it’s certainly not impossible. The bottom line, of course, is that we should all be so lucky to become senior citizens.
But here’s what makes the whole process of getting old so interesting. It’s a coveted accomplishment – but it certainly isn’t easy. With aging comes a loss of strength, balance and mobility, just to name a few things we can no longer take for granted the way we did in our younger years. And because of these losses, many seniors battle with depression. Therefore, it’s up to the rest of us to find ways to lift the spirits of the elderly loved ones in our lives.
Let them know how much they’re needed.
Exclusion is a major threat to the emotional well-being of seniors. No one likes to feel isolated and abandoned. But, even when it’s unintentional, many of our actions appear as if the seniors in our lives are unnecessary. Don’t let your elderly loved ones feel that way. Make efforts to include them in everyday activities and help them to feel useful.
“From the very young to the very old, everyone wants to be useful,” says DailyCaring.com, “When you care for an older adult, do your best to make them feel like you still need their help and that they’re not a burden.” The site suggests that you ask the senior in your life to help you with such tasks as folding the laundry, organizing drawers, opening the mail, writing grocery and to-do lists, clipping coupons and preparing dinner.
Administer healthy doses of “the best medicine”.
You know what they say about laughter. Do your best to keep your elderly loved ones in light moods. Watch their favourite comedy shows with them. Share special anecdotes and jokes. Anything you can do to help the senior in your life battle depression is a worthwhile idea.
“Millions of seniors age 65+ are affected by depression,” reports Kaltoon Essa of Home Helpers, “The cause can be a single trigger like losing a spouse, being unable to stay in their own home any longer, or retirement. Medical triggers can come from disease or even medication. Speak with your doctor and get familiar with the signs of depression. If you notice warning signs, seek medical treatment for your senior.”
Keep them physically active.
Especially when seniors have mobility issues that are keeping them from being active, it’s important to encourage physical activity. DailyCaring.com reminds us that no matter how mild the activity may be, it will help to keep both the mind and body feeling balanced and positive.
“Exercise keeps blood flowing to the brain, sharpening the mind,” reads the site, “It also relieves anxiety, tension, and even depression! Overall, it just makes people feel better. Physically, exercise boosts the immune system, lowers blood pressure, improves sleep quality, improves heart health, improves strength and stamina, and more!”
If there is anything that Advantage Home Health Solutions can do to help lift the spirits of the seniors in your life, please don’t hesitate to let us know. Contact us today to learn more about our mobility solutions. Call 403-460-5438 or email us by filling out the form on our Contact page!