Have you ever gotten out of bed and said, “It’s likely to be one of those days!” Perhaps your alarm didn’t go off, the hot water heater decided to stop working, or maybe the dog chewed up one of your most loved shoes overnight. Then envision if each and every day were “one of those days!” For somebody coping with chronic pain or a chronic disease (and that’s the majority of the elderly population), day-to-day struggles and challenges may be a given.
Even so, there are many steps that the elderly can take to uncover and maintain a life of joy, even throughout the face of chronic illness or pain. For example:
- Follow passions. Discovering purpose and meaning in every day is essential – and possible. Many older adults find satisfaction in assisting and encouraging other people. Others thrive on being life-long learners. For many it might mean recording the past for the next generation. Brainstorm ideas until you arrive at one that sparks passion, and then make it a real possibility.
- Practice a positive attitude. One easy way to attain a more positive perspective on life is through journaling. Encourage your senior family members to begin each day by constructing a summary of everything they are thankful for that morning, including the seemingly mundane: the smell of fresh coffee brewing, a dog curled up in a sunbeam, a planned lunch date with a friend. At the end of every week, sit together and read back through the previous entries for a quick and reliable pick-me-up.
- Avoid negativity. Adding in a measure of positivity as discussed above can naturally contribute to reduced negativity, but there are additional strategies that can be taken as well. For example, permit breaks from tasks that create frustration, allowing for needed time to de-stress. Put the emphasis on undertaking tasks which can be executed successfully, and find an alternate solution for those that are too challenging, such as assigning those tasks to another family member or friend, or engaging the services of a qualified professional.
- Get away from the house. Maintaining as active a lifestyle as possible outside of the home is often so refreshing for seniors. Help your elderly parents go out for hair appointments, shopping excursions, visits with friends, along with other fun outings, as much as they are able. Even simply going outside and relaxing on the front porch when weather allows can substantially elevate someone’s mood and outlook.
At Atlanta Home Care Partners, it’s our objective to help seniors attain the best possible quality of life possible. Our professionally trained and knowledgeable caregivers provide pleasant companionship, engaging activities, transportation, and more. Contact us online or give us a call at (404) 228-0103 and find out the difference we can make when we pair your family with a trained, professional caregiver in Atlanta! To learn more about all of the areas we serve inside and outside of the Atlanta city perimeter, please visit our Service Area page.