Aging is going to slow life down for your senior, but if she’s feeling like things are way too slow lately, that can be a problem. Life doesn’t have to be boring or dull for your elderly family member, even if she’s dealing with health and mobility challenges. Here are some basic steps you can take.
Is She Able to Exercise?
Your elderly family member might feel as if it’s too late for her to take up exercising, but her doctor might disagree with her. Exercise can help your senior to improve her energy levels and sleep better. It can also help her moods. When she’s feeling a little better and a little stronger, she might find that there are other things she wants to do, too, and life may start to perk up.
What’s She Eating?
If the fuel your senior is putting into her body isn’t that great, she’s likely suffering at least a little for that fact. Junk foods and processed foods are convenient, but they’re lower in nutritional content than is a good idea for your senior. If she can start to eat healthier foods, that can help her to turn some other things around. Cooking is often a big hindrance with changing eating habits, though, so that might be where home care providers can do her the most good.
How’s Her Social Life?
Another factor that can keep life interesting is interaction with other people. If your elderly family member isn’t socializing much with other people, she might be feeling lonely and edging toward depression. It’s important for everyone to have the right amount of interaction with others. Try to find ways that your senior would enjoy interacting with other people. One solution might be to bring in home care providers more often for companionship and branch out to other ideas from there.
Talk to Her Doctor
If these changes aren’t helping your senior to feel more interested in life, there might be more going on. Side effects from medications or new health issues can contribute to feeling a little more blah about life. There may be some other little fixes that you and your elderly family member can try.
As life slows down your senior won’t necessarily be jumping out of planes like she used to, but that doesn’t have to mean that she just accepts feeling lackluster about her life. There might be more going on that small changes can help immensely.