Growing old is part of the normal course of events for everyone. Getting old and dependent is a fatality that too many individuals suffer from. In truth, it is very hard to watch your senior loved one becoming dependent from a carer, whether their difficulties are physical or mental. However, you need to remember that getting old doesn’t mean reaching the breaking point for your mind and body. The best way to age gracefully and safely is to prepare for it now and to take all the measures for your aging relatives when it is still time. Thankfully, there are ways to look after the physical and mental health of those you love, and yourself too (It’s never too early to start looking after your future old self!). While you can’t know what life has in the chart for you, you can already take preventive measures to make the best lemonade out of its lemons!
Keep An Active Social Life
The main problem that seniors encounter is isolation. The feeling of loneliness, that wraps itself around every element of their lives and pulls tightly until it becomes suffocating, is often self-induced. Indeed, most elderly people gradually stop having an active lifestyle when they retired, and they rapidly reach a point of complete social isolation. This leads to inactivity, loss of interest and care, and mental and physical weaknesses. If you know someone who is not interacting with their social circle any longer, and not trying to grow this circle, it’s still time to act! Look for senior activities groups, such as walking or even craft workshops to help them meet new people and stay active. The same advice is valid for you too; it’s never too early to join a lively social circle and keep yourself active before it’s too late. You don’t need to become a senior to care for your social life!
Keep An Independent Lifestyle
For more seniors, it’s important to remain independent even in their old years, if their health allows. Being responsible for themselves greatly helps in keeping the mind active and positive. While it is not easy to stay in the family house at an old age – often because it becomes too expensive to maintain -, there are valuable independent living apartments options that enable seniors to keep in control of their lives. This is something that you could discuss with your older relatives if they live on their own.
Keep Loving Oneself And Others
Finally, it’s important to continue to cherish life even in old age. This might sound like a silly piece of advice, but you’d be surprised to know how many seniors simply give up. Whether they feel too old for it, or they don’t think that they are worth the effort anymore, they rapidly stop caring about their appearance and their happiness. Sometimes they just need to be reminded that they matter just as much to you old than they did young. Show them that caring for their physical and mental needs is worth it. This will keep them young at heart! If you have loved the film “Harold and Maude”, remember Maude’s charming attention for her look, how she cares for her hair and the outfits that she puts together with a gleeful smile. This is the smile that you want your older relatives to experience!