Older adults who have a sense of purpose are less prone to strokes, heart attacks, and cognitive impairment, hence they live longer. This is because they take better care of themselves, are more physically active, and are less prone to stress. Many of the issues linked with aging are exacerbated by a loss of purpose in people’s lives, which can lead to an unwarranted surrender to aging. Read on to find out how you can improve the quality of life of your parents.
Family and friends can assist the older adult in remaining cognitively alert for as long as feasible. They might set objectives such as learning a new activity or traveling to a new location. They should consider the hobbies and activities that give them a feeling of purpose and pursue them further. Family and friends can assist by drawing on their lifetime of knowledge and experience and asking about their thoughts. Encourage them to share about their experiences and unique insights.
The link between mental and physical health is well understood. Mild exercise not only strengthens and preserves physical capacities for everyday living, but also fosters confidence, pride, and an improved sense of independence, all of which are essential for feeling good about oneself. You can consider signing your loved one up for fitness classes designed for older adults.
Sense of Usefulness
Put your older adult to work if you want to help them find meaning in their lives! They’ve most likely spent their whole lives defining themselves by what they achieve and give. It doesn’t have to be anything more than assisting in the preparation of a meal, babysitting a youngster, caring for a pet, tending to a garden, folding clothes, or assisting with some shopping. If they are capable, don’t always do things for them.
Recognize and Attend to Depression
The elderly are more vulnerable to depression. It can be caused by cognitive impairment, disease, medications, the loss of independence, the death of a spouse or close friend, chronic sickness or pain, the relocation from home to a retirement community, the loss of a job due to retirement, or the loss of a child-caring role. There are several varieties of depression, however, the following are some frequent symptoms:
- Pains and aches without a physical cause
- Difficulty focusing and sleeping
- Loss of interest
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Persistent sadness
Depression may endanger their physical and emotional wellbeing at a sensitive point in their lives. They, and those who love them, may, nevertheless, establish a fresh beginning to make life more satisfying.
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