As caretakers, it’s easy for us to become focused only on the physical well-being of our loved ones. Of course, making sure our loved ones are comfortable, well taken care of and all their needs are met is our primary responsibility. But it’s important not to lose sight of others parts of “well-being.”
Mental stimulation, social interaction, and feelings of self-reliance and a sense of purpose are all parts of well-being that go beyond physical well-being.
With that in mind, here are three areas of wellbeing that we as caregivers should focus on.
Whether it’s attending a beloved church or simply enjoying nature, certain activities will fill our hearts with and souls with joy. Be sure you include activities like this in your caregiving plan.
A Sense of Purpose
As our loved ones age, we tend to take on more and more responsibility on their behalf. However, a major part of feeling good about oneself is having a sense of purpose and knowing that we’re helping others. Look for ways to involve your loved ones in activities they can manage but can also be considered “chipping in.” From folding laundry at home to volunteering a few hours reading to children, there are many ways for seniors to contribute to their families and communities.
Far too many seniors live their final years in isolation. That’s why it’s so important to take advantage of activities and programs that help seniors connect with others. Your local senior center, library, and community centers are full of ways to help your elderly loved ones engage with their communities.