Five Things Senior Citizens Wish You Knew About Taking Care

Five Things Senior Citizens Wish You Knew About Taking Care

Five Things Senior Citizens Wish You Knew About Taking Care of Them

by Jess Arlington

Today’s senior population is very tech-savvy. They lead active and social lives, use the latest gadgets and apps, and take advantage of all the perks that come with being over 50. However, they often feel misunderstood or neglected by younger generations. 

You might not know this, but the way you treat your elderly friends and acquaintances can have a big impact on how they age — both emotionally and physically. Do you have loved ones who are in that phase of life? This article will hopefully shed some light on what seniors need from you to thrive in their golden years.

Check-in regularly

Visits from family and friends are always welcome, but sometimes all it takes is a phone call or text message to brighten someone’s day. Checking in regularly lets them know that you care about them and are there for them, even if you can’t be there in person. 

If you’re not sure how to help or what your loved one needs, just ask! They will appreciate your willingness to lend a hand, and it will make things a lot easier for both of you. Many times, all they need is someone to listen to them or help with a task that’s become difficult for them.

Their memory might not be what it used to be, and that’s okay

One of the most common changes that happen as we age is that our memory starts to decline. This can be frustrating and even scary for both seniors and their loved ones. But it’s important to remember that this is a normal part of aging and that there are ways to help your loved one cope with this change. For example, at home healthcare aides can provide care services for seniors. They use skills that can help your loved ones stay sharp, and improve their quality of life.

Be patient with them

It can be frustrating when someone doesn’t understand something or isn’t able to do things as quickly as they used to. But it’s important to remember that everyone ages at different rates and that the aging process can be difficult to adjust to. So, instead of getting angry or impatient, try to be understanding and patient with your loved one. 

Many seniors struggle with day-to-day tasks that we take for granted, such as grocery shopping, cooking, cleaning, and getting around town. If you have the time and ability, offer to help with these things. It will make a world of difference for them, and they will be very grateful. 

Try not to be loud or make a lot of noise around them

It is usually pretty easy to unintentionally startle or scare someone when you’re not used to living with them. So, try to be conscious of the noise you’re making and try not to be too loud or disruptive around them. 

Doing these things will help them feel more at ease and less anxious. If you’re talking loudly on the phone or watching TV in the next room, they can still hear you. Your music might not be too loud for you, but it could be too much for them. It can be tough to make small adjustments like this, but it does make a big difference.

Don’t show pity and don’t treat them like fragile flowers

Just because someone is elderly doesn’t mean they want or need your pity. Most seniors are quite independent and don’t want to be coddled. So, instead of treating them like they’re made of glass, try to engage them in activities that they enjoy and can still do relatively easily. This will help them stay active, both mentally and physically, and maintain their independence. Its important to also remember that every senior citizen is different, so be sure to tailor your approach to their specific needs.

Caring for a senior citizen can be challenging, but it’s also incredibly rewarding. By being patient, understanding, and helpful, you can make a world of difference in your loved one’s life. Aging comes with its own set of challenges, but with the right support, seniors can thrive. If you’re not sure how to help or what your loved one needs, just ask! They will appreciate your willingness to lend a hand.

Dr. Anastasia Halldin holds a Ph.D in holistic nutrition. She is a homeschooling mother of four boys and a girl. Dr. Anastasia starred on a yoga TV show. She also produced and appeared in thirteen yoga DVDs. Dr. Anastasia speaks four languages and loves doing crafts with her children. She adores sharing her easy healthy family recipes with other mothers.