Think about a regular day in the life of a senior loved one. Hopefully it provides a good number of positive and enriching activities: enjoying breakfast, engaging in an entertaining activity or interest, visiting with a friend or family member, or watching a favorite show on TV. Yet there is a difference between positivity and purpose; and the value of a life rich with meaning and purpose is becoming more evident, specifically in the life of aging parents.
Viktor Frankl, world-renowned psychiatrist and survivor of the Holocaust, shares poignantly, “What matters is not the meaning in life in general, but rather the specific meaning of a person’s life at a given moment.”
For individuals whose identity happens to be centered on a career and raising a family, and who now have reached retirement, it can be challenging to find fresh meaning and purpose. At Atlanta Home Care Partners, we make it a main priority to help seniors rediscover their hobbies and interests and channel them into purposeful activities, such as:
- Volunteering. For a loved one who adores young people, tutoring, reading to, or mentoring kids at a nearby school is a superb option. Others may care greatly about assisting veterans, and put together care packages of personal care products and snack food items to send abroad. And for animal lovers, bringing treats, blankets, and an affectionate heart to a pet shelter could be extremely rewarding.
- Learning. It is true: you’re never too old to master something new. Check into the local community college, library, or senior center to discover classes or online programs that might appeal to a senior loved one.
- Helping at home. Well-meaning family caregivers oftentimes take over household tasks to free senior loved ones from the responsibilities they have handled during their lifetime. However, this may have the adverse effect of leaving seniors feeling like they are no longer useful. Engage your loved one in work and responsibilities throughout the home that are within his or her skill level and interest; for example, assisting with planning meals, folding laundry, arranging nuts and bolts in a toolbox, etc.
- Recording family history. Furnishing the next generation with the rich genealogy and family history and stories experienced firsthand is a treasure that only senior loved ones can offer. Help your loved one record his or her lifetime legacy in a scrapbook, writing, or video recording, and then share with relatives.
And, get in touch with Atlanta Home Care Partners for the personalized in-home assistance that will help seniors discover fulfillment and purpose, while remaining secure and comfortable in the familiarity of home. We are able to offer transportation to interesting and enjoyable activities, help plan and implement ideas to accomplish right at home, or look after a few of the daily tasks in the house, including cleaning and cooking, enabling friends and family to enjoy quality time with each other. You can contact us any time at (404) 228-0103 to learn more about our offerings in home care Dunwoody seniors deserve. See our full greater Atlanta area service area here.