Coming to terms with our parents aging can be quite tough to some. They’ve always been there for us, helping us to grow up in a loving and caring home – but, with time, it becomes more difficult for them to take care of themselves.
A lot of us feel responsible for our parents when they reach this stage in their lives, and it seems natural that we want to provide the same loving care that they had for us when we were small.
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While you’re certainly not responsible for them, it’s nice to be able to know how exactly you can help them to enjoy their golden years as healthy and able as possible. Here is a handful of ways you can do this while also making the most of your time together.
Have fun together
It doesn’t matter if your parent is suffering from slight memory loss or if their hearing is failing; everyone loves to have fun. It’s good for their mental state as well, by the way, and many of the games we play together will, in fact, be able to boost their memory slightly.
Playing cards are always a favorite but consider other board games where the whole family can join in as well. It’s nice for your parent to have everyone over without feeling like they’re a burden – and seeing their family laugh and have fun together is the perfect way to do exactly this.
When we’re lonely, we tend to deteriorate a bit faster; spend time together, have fun, and show your parent that you truly do enjoy spending time with them. It means so much to both their physical and mental health.
A lot of older people fall into a vicious circle of not sleeping properly and therefore not being able to be as active as they would have if they’d got a good night’s sleep. If they were to be active, they would sleep better – and so the circle continues.
If you’re not sure about what kind of activities that would be good for your parent, have a chat with their senior home care provider or see if you can find some local groups for elderly. The thing with being active when you’re elderly is that it benefits both your mind and your body tremendously, which again has a huge impact on their general well being.
Dancing is both fun and healthy so consider signing your parent up for a few classes. If they don’t have anyone to go with and dread going alone, you simply join them – it shouldn’t be a problem for you to keep up, at least.
It’s a good idea to think about their diet as well and implement some healthy fats such as salmon and avocado as well as some brain-boosting berries. The more you show your parent that you love them and care for them, the better it will be for their mental health.