Do you feel like your elderly parents have been a bit down lately? If so, read on to learn how to keep your elderly parents happy and engaged.
As your parents get older, they start to require more and more help from you.
We know you want to keep your elderly parents happy for their final years of life. This article will give you 9 tips on how to keep your parents golden years golden.
Seniors may have less motivation to exercise due to poor mobility and joint issues.
However, exercise gets more important as we age, not less. Your senior parents should have an exercise regimen that’s doctor-approved.
Light strength training with dumbbells or resistance bands is a great way to keep their physical strength up. Additionally, 20 minutes of cardio a day will help in keeping their heart healthy.
Try to write out an exercise schedule for your parent that they can refer to. Exercising regularly will also help lift their mood as exercise boosts endorphins.
Sometimes if you don’t plan visits into your week, you can easily forget.
Coordinate with your siblings or other caregivers who will be visiting your parent when. Dividing up the responsibility between people will make the task seem less daunting.
Plus, your parents will have a constant stream of company from people they love. Bring them flowers or baked goods when you visit to make them feel loved.
Visiting your parent is great, but planning an outing where you take them out of the house or nursing home is even better.
Your loved one probably feels couped up inside all day. Plan some outings that you know your parent will enjoy.
A fancy dinner, trip to the mall, or a spa day are just a few suggestions. Remember that your parent is still your parent. You’ve known them your entire life. The things they enjoyed 30 years ago are likely still things they’d enjoy today.
Planning meals can be difficult for anyone, but especially for the elderly.
It can be tempting for them to just get fast food or take out so they don’t have to go through the hassle of grocery shopping and cooking.
Unfortunately, restaurant food can wreak havoc on their health. You want to make sure your parent has access to fresh ingredients. It’s a good idea to meal prep for them.
You can either use a meal delivery service, or cook them a batch of food at the beginning of the week and then freeze it. This way, you’re sure they’re getting all the vitamins they need.
Many elderly people don’t understand social media and therefore they stray away from it.
Social media is a great way for your parent to network and connect with people they might have lost track of. It’s also a great way for them to see what their children and grandchildren are doing.
Make your parent a Facebook account and show them how to scroll through people’s pages. This will provide them happiness and a sense of connection. They can look up old classmates and coworkers and realize they’re able to stay in touch with people more easily than they imagined.
Fresh air is a vital ingredient in lifting a person’s spirit.
Take your parent to the park for a walk or a picnic. Pack a nice picnic lunch with sandwiches and iced tea and just enjoy the fresh air.
Your parent will enjoy the opportunity to people watch and see the animals in the park.
Even if they object at first, insist that you go. If your parent has trouble walking, you can wheel them through the park in a wheelchair.
Friends are the salt of life. However, when we get older, we lose touch with some of our friends. Other friends pass away.
It can be a sad and lonely thing for seniors to watch as their closest friends die.
Combat this sadness by encouraging your parent to socialize with new people. There are Meetup Groups on Meetup.com for seniors and people of all different interests.
Here you can find your parent a book club to join. You can find them a club of people who love to play cards or board games. Whatever your parent is interested in, there’s probably a Meetup group for it. Your parent is unlikely to know these resources are out there, so it’s your job to connect them with these groups.
Make sure your parent has the resources to hone their hobbies.
When people are able to practice their skills, they feel more useful and happy.
If your parent loves to paint, make sure they have the proper tools to do so. Sign them up for an art class. If your parent loves golf, be sure they have a golf course to play on.
Encourage your parents not to give up on the things they love just because they’re getting older.
Even if you’re doing everything right, your aging parent might still need more help than you can give them.
Admit to yourself when you’re in over your head and hire some help. There are in-home helpers like Families Choice Home Care. There is also the option of finding a senior living center or nursing home.
The tips on this list will help you in creating a positive life for your elderly parents.
Remember that the most important thing you can give them is your love and attention. They’re likely feeling scared and lonely at the prospect of growing older.
However, they’ll be far more comforted if you visit and call often. Think back to all the times they helped you get through tough times and do the same for them.
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