The elderly are more hardy than you might realize. When someone passes a certain age, it’s easy for the younger generation to look on them with more of a bubble-wrap mentality, wanting to shield them from anything that could cause them distress. To a degree, this is well intended and can actually help, but you forget that these people have lived full lives, have seen many things that you can only dream of at this point in time, and have made it through alive. Maybe their physical presence is slowly becoming less easy to handle, but you can trust their mental fortitude is like nothing you’ve ever seen, and it is nourished my family support and love.
To keep healthy as an elderly person, your relative must have a rich inner life. It’s true that there are some 80-year-olds who are mentally 25, and some 25-year-olds who are mentally 80. Age is but a number, what matters is your attitude to life. Help your relative stay on top of their inner peak with the following useful tips.
Caring for a grandparent is important, and making sure that they have the right love and support within that completes it. This might look like purchasing them a newspaper,teaching them how to use a mobile phone designed for ease of use with the elderly, or simply bringing them their favorite biscuits once in a while.
Sometimes, correct care looks like helping them apply and move to a retirement community, which can provide a huge plethora of benefits. Not only will it provide them with 24/7 medical support if they need it, but will also give them the opportunity to socialize with a group of people their age. Socialization is one of the most important aspects of being human. If you’ve found your elderly relative simply sitting at home alone for periods of time because they haven’t the utility to do much else, embedding them in a community like this can be absolutely profound for their soul.
You just need to be there, and this is often totally enough and all they want to ask for. The love from a parent to a child is hard to imagine if you haven’t experienced it, but the love of a grandparent for their child and grandchildren is stronger still. All they want is to have you near. They don’t mind what you speak about, or if you speak at all. They will be happy to listen to you talk about problems you’re facing, dreams you have and how your job is doing. They will be positively ecstatic to see their grandchildren. This, coupled with listening to your grandparents tell their stories and feel relevant and significant in the family unit, is the best medicine your can administer your grandparent with.
These tips, administered with love and affection, can prove to drastically increase the life quality of your beloved elderly relative. After all, it’s the least they deserve.
Love and support is very important!
Excellent tips, Christy – you’re right on the money!
Caring for the elderly is very important, Christy. It is a tragedy that so many elderly people are neglected.
Great article…one of my fondest memories growing up and into my 20’s was the time spent with my grandparents them listening to stories and having them ask about what was going on in my life. When my wife and I first got married and still lived nearby, we would spend Sunday afternoons with my grandparents and just talk the day the day away. They were in their late 80’s at the time and sharp as tacks. My Dad’s parents both lived into their early 90’s and passed within 6 months of each other….those times were a blessing for us and I think we got more out of it then they did, but after reading this….maybe the other way around?? thanks for sharing
I am sure that decent caring require special skills. They must neither feel themselves burdens to the society nor overprotected. As we do not really have similar caring experience during our lives, the children’s trauma, as the caregivers of their parents, should not be neglicted.
Thanks Chrisity for making us realize the importance of our elders and tips for their care. You are doing wonderful job. God blessed you.
Another super post, Christy. Later today I will go back to link to one of my “community” posts because I truly believe that’s the most important thing to maintain and increase as we age. Loneliness can be a killer – literally!
Connection is a gift that enlivens both the giver and the receiver. No “special skills” required in most cases, unless alignment with loving intention counts as a special skill. If so, it is one WELL worth acquiring!
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Absolutely!! All what elders needs is patience love care and time
Love, compassion and nurturing are essential components. <3
Great tips! My mom just started volunteering and I noticed she seems much more upbeat!
☺ I have the up most respect for all our elders.
Wonderful to hear that xx
They experienced far more than me and I love to hear about their life.
Great to hear this!
:) Wishing you a nice day, my friend
I wish you one as well!
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