Helping your senior live a healthier lifestyle is probably one of your biggest goals as her family caregiver. While there may be some specific needs your senior has, you may also want to look at what can help her in general to live healthier and happier.
Investigate Exercise as an Option
Exercise is incredibly helpful for healthier living at any age, but it can be especially powerful for your aging adult. The right exercise can help her to improve her energy levels, sleep better, and maintain muscle rather than losing it. The best part is that she doesn’t have to work out exceptionally hard in order to get these benefits.
Look at How Well She’s Eating
Convenience foods and snacking rather than eating full meals can rob your senior of the nutrients that she needs in order to stay healthy. The problem is that if she is only cooking for herself, then thinking about food and what to cook can be more of a chore than anything pleasant. Sit down with your senior and figure out what can help her to embrace a diet that is full of healthier foods, such as vegetables, fruits, and lean proteins.
Socialization Is More Important than You Might Think
As your senior ages, she may find that she’s not around people as often as she used to be. We don’t tend to think about how important it is to have that social component in our lives until it’s missing. Loneliness and isolation can definitely be avoided for your senior, so work out a plan for helping her to get the amount of socialization that is comfortable for her.
Healthy Boundaries Help Both of You
If you’re taking over too quickly as your senior’s caregiver, you might find that she’s more resistant to your help than you might have expected. Using healthy boundaries keeps you from expecting too much and pushing yourself too hard and it also allows your senior to have the help that she needs without feeling pushed around.
Always work closely with your elderly family member’s doctor to determine what’s healthiest for her. Those needs can change as her health changes, too.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Home Care Services in Lexington NC, please contact the caring staff at TenderHearted Home Care today. (704) 612-4132.
I have enjoyed volunteering my time as the President of the Rowan County Home School Association, assisting with the Parkinson’s Support Group, Walk to End Alzheimer’s, Pregnancy Support Center, MOPS International, Capstone Recovery Center, Kairos Outside, Celebrate Recovery, various church committees and going on a mission trip to Moldova. I am a member of the Rowan County Council on Aging, Meals on Wheels board member, REACH of Rowan County, HIPSS of Davidson County, Second Tuesday Business Group and several Christian Business Life Groups.
I am passionate about serving others and providing the most compassionate care possible, as I would want for my own family. I love relaxing with my husband, Peter, and my two dogs, Yoyo and Terra Cotta.
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