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How to Care for Your Aging Parents

The older generation has taught us so much, so it’s important to treat them with the care and the respect that they deserve. Seeing your parents get older is unsettling as the appear more vulnerable, and you realize it’s your turn to look after them now. This doesn’t have to be a sad thing though, they are still amazing people and you can have fun together. With a little bit of advice on how to work through loneliness, health problems, and mobility issues, you can help to give them the support they need to get the spring back in their step. 

Loneliness

This is an upsetting reality for many elderly people. It’s more difficult to get out and see people and often this is a daunting prospect to them. If your parents are getting to this stage, whether they’re alone or still together make sure you always make yourself available. Of course, you will have time restrictions due to work or other family pressures but try to be realistic about making plans with them, and stick to them. 

Help them to learn how to use cell phones and other technology to make it easier to keep in touch. You could even encourage them to take a quick course. Buy them a user-friendly tablet to make video calls if you live far away. Take a look online at the best tablets for seniors.  

Don’t just stop at your own family members, reach out to other older people in the local community. You could think about organizing tea parties, coffee mornings, or other events to get everyone together. You can advertise these at your local community center and make sure everyone is paired up with a volunteer. 

Mobility

This is the main reason most elderly people won’t go out as much. If your parents are suffering from a lack of mobility there are things you can do to help them. Keep them as active as possible if they’re still up to it. There are workout classes designed specifically for seniors and also facilities in many parks and sports centers. Take them to your local leisure center and help them register. If they are too anxious to leave the house you can find video tutorials online. 

Think of fun ways to stay active, you might want to get the grandkids involved as well. This will help to motivate them more. Go for a walk somewhere pretty near you when the weather is nice.  There are plenty of options from household aids, to mobility scooters, to keep them on their feet as well. 

Common Health Problems

If they’re struggling with other issues that affect mobility such as arthritis and lupus, there are many other gadgets you can buy to make their lives a little bit easier. These are often easier to use handheld objects with a better grip for example.

Remember your parents getting older can bring on unexpected issues so don’t be afraid to see professional advice or simply phone a helpline.  

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