How to Care for Aging Loved Ones

By Amber Kevlin, RN

Visiting elderly loved ones can sometimes be difficult to plan, especially if there has been a decline in physical activity sinceengaging with elderly loved ones you have visited them last. Seniors tend to choose activities based on their bodily limitations. Disease, pain, and chronic conditions may alter family plans, but there’s no need to shelve family gatherings yet! If aging family members are seemingly struggling with a rigorous family outing, there are still plenty of activities to engage them and keep them connected with family.

  • Engage in sentimental pastimes. Whether it’s baking fresh bread or cookies, building ships in bottles, or watching old favorite movies, everyone loves it when their hobbies can be shared and enjoyed by others.
  • Reminisce with them. Crack open the old family photo albums or yearbooks, and let your loved one recall long- treasured memories of friends and family past. Even seniors with memory impairment issues may keep long ago memories close to their hearts and can remember certain things with intricate detail.
  • Do some research online with your loved one. Even after the visit is over, you still want your family members to remainspending time with aging loved ones engaged and as active as possible to avoid the loneliness and isolation that sometimes come with aging. Help your loved one find a nearby book club or interest-geared groups, such as bird-watching or knitting, or even a nearby veteran’s association.

If you notice a change in your aging family member’s behavior, such as depression or withdrawal from usual activities, consider home care services for companionship. Oftentimes, an in-home caregiver may also help with housekeeping, meal preparation, and running errands as well. Aging adults need recreation and social connections to stay happy and healthy, just like everyone else.

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