There comes a time in the life of every family when the roles of caregivers change. Our parents work very hard their whole life to provide us with everything we need. They are there to make sure that we’re happy and safe. As they begin to age, it’s up to us to return the favor. However, with a busy schedule a modern lifestyle brings, it’s sometimes difficult to find time to tend to our elderly parents the way they deserve. Luckily, there are many little things we can do to alter our schedule and make time for them. Here are some ideas that may help you along the way.
1. Visit often.
The age you’re parents is in can make them vulnerable and lonely. Depression is one of the most common issues elderly people deal with. The loss of a spouse or driving ability, decreased hearing or vision can all lead to isolation and loneliness. That’s why it’s important to try and spend as much time with them as possible. Social isolation can cause many emotional and health problems like depression and heart disease. The easiest way you can help them in situations like these is to pay them a visit. You don’t have to spend hours every day in their home, but even a quick visit on your way from work will mean a lot to them. When planning your weekly schedule, make sure you incorporate this activity into your daily routine.
2. Supervise the intake of medication.
There are many health problems that tend to come with age. Poor eyesight, memory loss, sleeping disorder, and cardiovascular problems are just some of them. This means that your elderly parents are probably on some kind of medication. Not paying enough attention to medication management can lead to serious health consequences. That’s why it’s important to ensure your parents are taking theirs regularly. Firstly, you should find a reliable pharmacist. Check if the drugs have any side-effects and make sure your parents don’t mix them up. Label the medicines and keep them in separate departments. This will make it a lot easier for your parents to use them.
3. Make some necessary changes around the house.
Most elderly people are very proud of their independence and like living on their own. However, since they’re getting older, they’ll tend to start moving with more difficulty than before. In order to make it easier for them, consider making some changes in their home. People in countries like Australia are increasingly taking advantage of technological development. One of the perks of living in a high-tech era is the availability of personal alarms. There’s an increase in the popularity of organizations like National Health Australia that specialize in medical alarms and health services. The user can call the emergency center with one touch of a button worn around their wrists. This will provide the elderly with freedom, independence, and most importantly – a sense of security.
4. Remind them to exercise regularly.
Physical activity is essential for the overall health of all people. Despite the common misconception, exercising can be a life-changer for the elderly. Naturally, they should choose the activity that best suits their needs and capability. Whether it’s a walk in the park, yoga, or swimming, it’s important for them to stay active. Exercising regularly can lower their blood pressure and levels of bad cholesterol. It also promotes the production of feel-good chemicals like serotonin and helps them sleep better. Aside from the benefits on their body, they’ll notice the difference in the cognitive function of their brain and they’ll feel great.
5. Promote a healthy diet.
Some people believe that food is medicine. The truth is the foods we consume affect many processes in our bodies. They play a large role in the way we look and feel. With age, we should pay extra attention to our diet since it’s one of the easiest ways to prevent and battle certain health problems. Make sure it’s based on fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts, and fish. Vitamins, antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids will keep the body and the mind of your parents healthy and in good shape.
Although everyday obligations can leave us crazy-making, it’s very important not to neglect our aging parents. By following these few tips, you’ll see how even a small effort from our part can make a huge impact on their wellbeing.
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