Elderly Emotional and Physical Health
A senior’s emotional health can affect their physical health. We see this all the time.
Aging is not easy. And, being self-aware of your health can be somewhat difficult…even for those elders with strong mental acuity. The physical ailments of an aging parent can be – at times – readily identifiable. Whether a sore knee, shoulder, or swelling in the legs and ankles – these can be diagnosed by those in the medical profession as results of arthritis, poor circulation, heart issues, etc. However, the process of aging can also take on a more internal effect. Seniors can become withdrawn, uninspired, complacent, fatigued and depressed. The daily routine is extremely mundane, and is consumed by sleep and television.
Perhaps eyesight deterioration has taken away the ability (and comfort level) in driving. The simple frustration of age, and the loss of many functional abilities, can greatly effect the emotional health and well being of many elderly.
Common worries can cause great upset in elders. Simple everyday tasks such as preparing a small lunch, taking care of the dishes, washing clothes, can be a chore and burden. An extra set of hands, and attentive staff through Home Care Partners can assist and relieve the procrastination in such daily activities.
Benefits of Socialization
Depression is common in many seniors. But there may be many reasons – personal, environmental, physical, internal, which result in depression. For example, the loss of a spouse can understandably effect the survivor. They may become withdrawn, sad, lacking the daily focus of a partner’s company. They may not be interested in socializing even with old friends and lifelong neighbors due to their loss. Alternatively, your elderly mother’s depression may due to a biological imbalance, not simply because of her age. Her body may not be producing the proper hormones to maintain chemical balance. Something as simple as vitamin supplements may be beneficial.
Having assistance and supervision at home, with the involvement of regular visits from a home health aide, can be a very positive addition to daily life. Someone to talk to…to look forward to seeing, can brighten up the whole day. For many, a scheduled visit by a private-duty home aide will provide a reason to get out of bed and get started with the day.
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John D. Miller is the founder/owner of Home Care Partners, LLC, a Massachusetts business providing private duty, personalized in-home assistance and companion care services to those needing help in daily activities and household functions.
Phone: (781) 378-2164