Maintaining a Positive Self-Image in the Golden Years

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Many seniors don’t realize how important they are to their families and the other people in their lives, leading to a negative self-image. However, there are some simple ways to help them gain a new perspective. If your elderly loved one needs help understanding his or her worth, these tactics may be the key to promoting positivity.

Make Your Loved One Feel Appreciated

Like everyone else, seniors want to feel needed and appreciated. Offer sincere compliments. Tell your loved one how much you like his or her outfit or how good he or she looks in general. Give praise and thank him or her for helping you with the laundry or setting the table. Ask your loved one’s opinion and seek his or her advice about things you are experiencing in life. Your loved one may have had similar experiences, and helping you might boost his or her self-esteem.

Encourage Him or Her to Set Goals

Seniors receiving Naples in-home care can sometimes lose their sense of purpose and the importance of their goals can be forgotten. However, there is no greater feeling to bolster confidence than to strive for and meet a goal. Suggest a new hobby or class to replace something your loved one is no longer able to do and help him or her celebrate when the fresh goals are met.

Spend Time with Your Loved One

No one likes to be a burden. Encourage your loved one to do as much as he or she can independently and ask for help when you are doing chores like unloading the dishwasher or folding clothing. Plan outings just for fun that don’t involve doctor visits or errands. Spend special time doing things you both enjoy, such as going to the movies, having lunch at a favorite restaurant, or taking a walk in the park.

Help Him or Her Stay Physically Healthy

A positive self-image is often directly connected to physical health. While some seniors find it difficult to remain healthy, it’s important to ensure they stay at their best. Make sure your loved one takes his or her medications as prescribed, gets enough sleep, eats well, and gets regular exercise. If your loved one needs help maintaining these healthy habits, consider hiring a part-time caregiver in Naples.

Oftentimes seniors just need the right motivation to see the positive side of their lives. The companionship of a caregiver from Home Care Assistance may be just what your loved one needs. Our compassionate caregivers provide social and mental stimulation, encourage exercise and healthy eating, and can help with a wide array of tasks around the house as well. We also offer comprehensive Parkinson’s, dementia, and Alzheimer’s care in Naples. For more information on our senior care services, call one of our qualified Care Managers at (239) 449-4701 to schedule a free in-home consultation.

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