You Can Be the Key to Helping Your Senior Cope with Life Changes
Changes happen in life, but as your senior grows older, those changes may be some that she’s not as thrilled about. As her caregiver, you can help her to deal with those changes in a healthier way.
There’s a Difference
Between What She Can Change and What She Can’t
In every situation in life, there’s a difference between
what can be changed or adjusted and what can’t. For your senior, there may be
aspects of her life changes that she can do something about. She might be able
to adjust her eating habits in order to get more nutrients into her body, for
example. But there are other aspects that she can’t change. If she’s got
arthritis, she can’t just will the joint pain away. She can manage it to an
extent, but only to an extent.
Reality Is Important,
But So Is Positivity
It’s always important to make sure that reality is front and
center, but that doesn’t mean that life must be negative. Positivity does have
a place in life, if it’s not being used to sugarcoat reality or to pretend that
what’s happening isn’t happening. Finding the positive piece of any life change
can help your elderly family member to come to terms with not being in control
like she wants to be.
Figure out Some Small
When your senior has a handle on what she can change and
what her positive pieces are, she can start to put a plan into motion. Those
small first steps will help her to come to better terms with whatever she’s
facing. In terms of arthritis, she might be acknowledging what’s happening and
understand that this gives her a chance to focus on what she needs to do, like
starting to exercise in ways that help to strengthen her muscles and her
Focusing on Gratitude
When she focuses on those little things that make her happy
and feel grateful, those can help your elderly family member to adapt to the
changes happening in her life. It’s difficult at first, especially if your
senior is having a tough time with positivity but focusing on at least one
thing to be grateful for each day can make a difference.
Help your senior to face up to the changes she’s
encountering. It’s likely not easy for either of you, but it can be something
you can tackle together.
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