INDEPENDENCE AND AGING
Being Independent and aging is not an easy task. With aging, the health and independence of our parents take a back seat. And they seem to become increasingly dependent on others for their daily tasks. Illness and accidents can cause a sudden loss of independence. And make your parents feel hopeless and depressed. Such forms of emotions can seriously trick their brain. And convince them that they are no longer capable of carrying out their daily tasks by alone. Such an event causes our elderly to become more and more dependent on their caregivers. In many cases, this dependence becomes an inevitable phenomenon. And in some cases, it occurs by choice.
BEING INDEPENDENT AND THE SUDDEN DETERIORATION OF HEALTH
As family caregivers, it becomes difficult for us to witness the sudden deterioration of health in our aging parents. On the other hand, research has also shown. Senior parents often show inhibition in moving out of their home. The caregivers are also equally concerned about their parents living alone. And express their fear about their parent’s emotional and physical well-being.
WAYS TO HELP OUR PARENTS STAY INDEPENDENT
Focus on the health of your senior parents and keep them healthy.
Adopting ways to keep your senior parents healthy. This can go a long way in preventing various disease conditions. Here are some suggestions that can be of help.
Ensure safety at home and outside
Ensuring safety of your loved ones at home and when they are outside. This can go a long way in preventing accidents from taking place. Here are a few tips that would help to keep your home fall proof and safe for your senior parents.
Have a smartphone-based monitoring system.
Which ensures us the safety of our parents even when we are not with them. Making use of such technologies can go a long way in making the home safe for our parents.
Lend a helping hand.
Consider helping your aging parents with their daily chores and errands. Accompany them for grocery shopping and also help them with laundry. Allow them to the light tasks such as, making a grocery list, folding laundry, etc., all by themselves. You can help by doing the tasks that require physical labor, which your parents might not be able to accomplish alone.
Offer emotional support.
Depression is almost an inevitable occurrence in old age. The need for a companion, loneliness, can pose serious health risks for our aging parents. Furthermore, the inability to carry out their daily tasks is a cause of emotional stress. Therefore it is necessary, that we also offer emotional support to our parents. Listening to them, taking an active part in their discussions. all can have a positive impact on their emotional well-being.
All the above-mentioned tips and suggestions, can help you keep your loved ones independent and living a long and happy life.