Children and grandchildren alike have the responsibility of caring for your elderly family. Whether that is having them live independently, with you, a 55 and older community or in an full time care facility, you want what is best for them and for you. Let’s talk about ways to help them thrive in their later years.
Help Schedule Their Appointments
While your loved one has been a the adult in charge for your life, they may need some help or at least checking on. Remind them to make annual appointments for their primary care doctor, as well as vision and hearing checks. As we age, our body can take a toll. Be sure to talk to them about how they are feeling and how they are in their daily activities. If they have diabetes it is crucial to take them to extra doctor appointments, you really should look into foot care for seniors.
Help them Stay Fit
Getting daily physical activity is so important. They need to keep that body moving and as healthy as they can. Make sure they are still eating a well rounded diet. Grab some healthy foods and make a surprise visit on them. They will be so happy to see you and will appreciate the thoughtful gesture. If you have an aging parent that recently had a surgery or procedure, watch them closely. Do they Parkinson’s? Do you seem to notice they are not holding their pen or coffee cup as well? Using a hand dynamometer can help them test their strength. Are they walking less? Ask them why and see if they would be up for a short walk with you.
Help them with Prescriptions
With the medical and health care systems constantly changing it is easy to get confused or overwhelmed. A lot of doctors and medical information it provided through the internet, and your elderly parent may not know how to navigate it all. Have them provide you with a list of their medications, dosages, the doctors who prescribed it and how often they take it. With age comes many more medications and things can change often. In 2020, medical marijuana is prescribed to a lot of people for pain, insomnia, neuropathy, and anxiety. Glaucoma is among the most frequently cited reasons for using medical marijuana. Look into how they use it if prescribed and have the tools they may need like rolling papers and rolling trays.
Stay in Touch
Elderly people are used to being important and a needed person to many. Now with age they are in a new phase of life. They are probably retired, possibly lost their spouse and/or moved out from the home they raised their children in. All of this can be very depressing to them, and their loneliness may be having a toll on them. Visit them as often as you can. Simply sitting with them for a little while will greatly improve their demeanor. Talk to them about your day, your hobbies, the TV shows you have been binge watching. But always ask them questions. Let them talk to you about their memories and youth. Ask them about their childhood, their first job and other important milestones of their life.