Though the temperatures are getting cooler, a breath of fresh air and stroll outside are still a great way to relieve stress and get exercise. The benefits of being outside are, in fact, very real.
Though the idea of fall cleaning creates thoughts of cooler weather, rainy days and the impending winter months, consider that the hours it takes to clean your parent's house or apartment and yard can equate to an afternoon of conversation, memory-building and bonding. Whether you're living in the same city as your elderly relatives or only make occasional visits, having a shared activity such as freshening up the house after the warm summer months is a great one. Additionally, it's sometimes easier to have a meaningful conversation while involved in a task.
Anxiety – you never know when it will creep up, wrap you in its arms, and refuse to let go. Physiologically, younger people have the ability to process and heal from a stressful situation, and can more appropriately work through reducing anxiety. On the other hand, older people have a higher risk of experiencing troublesome anxiety and it becomes disruptive to their everyday lives.
The cliche of “use it or lose it” holds true when it comes to both your body and your mind. That is even more crucial in the elderly. If they keep their minds and bodies active and healthy they will age more gracefully and will be more engaged in life’s activities for much longer. An active mind and body will help them to live a more full life.
Remaining independent and aging in place is usually a goal for all adults. Being able to live in the family home and take care of the finances and other household chores is important for both mind and body for the aging senior and their adult children. There may come a time though when the adult children begin to notice signs that their aging relatives are unable to live alone and steps must be taken.
Research supports the common sense notion that getting prompt help makes surviving an emergency more likely. The ability to get help also boosts the odds that a senior will continue to live independently. The longer a person spends helpless, the greater the likelihood he/she will be discharged into supportive care. For elderly people who live alone, becoming incapacitated and unable to get help is a common event, which usually marks the end to their ability to live independently.
When the seasons change, it’s a good time to evaluate different precautions in and around your home like smoke detector batteries, flashlight batteries and being prepared for natural disasters. Not only is this good for you, but it’s also good to evaluate your loved ones’ plan of action in case of an emergency. Planning ahead can make all the difference. Your goal as a caregiver is to identify potential challenges and take the necessary steps to prepare for natural disasters.
Being a ‘boomer’ in today’s world can be hard enough, yet often that generation is also faced with caring for aging parents. The emotions that come along with that can make them feel like they are riding the ultimate roller coaster.