By Dr. Uchechi Wosu Isirimah – Owner | December 22, 2017
Setting goals can help your aging adult to ensure that she’s actively doing the right things to maintain her health on a variety of levels. Some of those goals are ones that you can help her to meet.
To Stay at Home for as Long as Possible
Chances are pretty good that your elderly family member has lived in her home for a while now and probably wants to stay there. The best way that you can help her to do that is to look for potential safety issues and correct them. Many agencies that work with the elderly can help you to go through the home and determine what changes will offer the most benefits to your aging adult.
To Stay Active
Inactivity is not the best plan for your aging adult’s body or her brain. The more active that she can stay, both mentally and physically, the better for her overall. Work with your aging family member’s doctor to determine what types of exercise are best for her and what she can do to make sure that she stays as active as she can.
To Improve or Maintain Health
Depending on your aging adult’s overall health, she may want to improve it somewhat. Medications, treatments, exercise, and a different diet may all be factors in meeting this goal. Your elderly family member’s doctor can help you and her to put a plan together that gets her where she wants to be in terms of her overall health.
To Avoid Isolation
Social isolation can lead to quite a few problems for your aging adult, especially if she’s always been comfortable around other people. Giving up driving and simply not having other people around much can lead to isolation, even if your senior is actively trying to stay social. One solution is to hire home care providers who can offer companionship to your aging adult or drive wherever she needs to go.
Talk to your aging adult often about what goals she has and how she could be working toward them more fully. This helps you to monitor and to adjust plans as necessary.
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