Talking about ageing with your family can be far from easy. From your perspective, it can be upsetting. After all, most of us are very emotionally close to our family members, and the thought of them leaving us can cause trauma. On the other hand, it can cause your aging relative themselves to become distressed or even offended. The current aging population are very proud and some of them will be offended if you try to offer them extra care – even if you mean well. This is why it is vital that you approach all topics tactfully and in a calm environment. All of us age and that can’t be helped. But what we do have control of is how we deal with it and what measures we put in place to make sure that our lives, and the lives of our relatives, remain as good as they can be.
Due to various health problems that can arise in the elderly, many older people are unfortunately unable to continue to live independently. This can be a daunting prospect for someone who has been independent all of their life, so approach the topic with caution. Essentially, you will need to decide, with your relative, what the plan should be if they are no longer able to live completely alone. There are quite a few different options here. One that some families take is moving their ageing loved one right into their own homes. But this is not always the best option, as it can lead to family conflict and a disrupted home life for you as well. It may be worth considering a Live -In Care Company who will be able to care for your loved one professionally. Plus, this can allow your relative to stay in their own home too – something many seniors feel passionate about.
A lot of older people want to try to deny the fact that their health is deteriorating. But unfortunately, there are no two ways about it. We are simply more prone to illnesses, such as dementia and osteoporosis, the older we get. There are, however, measures we can put in place to help delay the onset of such illnesses. Make sure your relative is eating well – lots of fruit and vegetables, and normal amounts of candy or alcohol. As people age, they may not always be able to cook for themselves anymore. So make sure they always have healthy food on hand that they can snack on, and offer to help them with cooking an evening meal.
Keeping active in old age relates to both physical and mental activity. It is vital that you encourage your elderly relative to keep walking or even doing sports if they are able to. Choose low-intensity exercises to recommend to them, such as pilates or golf. Walking soccer even exists these days, to help ageing soccer players keep enjoying their game. If a class doesn’t exist near you, why not set one up yourself? As far as mental capacity goes, being socialized helps to keep the brain sharp. So continue to visit your elderly relative on a regular basis, and encourage them to join a local community group where they can gather with old friends too.
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