How Seniors Cope with the Loss of Independence
The loss of independence is a burden experienced by many seniors. Understanding this “loss” is a major ingredient in assisting our elderly parents to navigate the aging process.
Think about this. Most people begin to live and perform daily life tasks independently by the age of 20. As they age, some natural physical and cognitive deterioration sets in. Some 50 years later, many elders find that independence is no longer safe or viable.
When this fear, “loss of independence”, is realized, there are several ways caregivers need to help. Many, many seniors over the age 70 do not find it easy to live alone. Isolation can result in depression. Elders welcome socialization. And, they need help with daily tasks. The loss of independence can have a toll on a senior’s psychological and physical well-being.
The loss of independence seniors face can often result when grieving a loss, frustration, and other emotional turmoil is present. Caregivers can help seniors by understanding these issues, and the process of independence and aging.
As seniors’ bodies and/or minds degenerate, they can experience a variety of types of losses. Their independence can be impacted in ways that change their lifestyles and even their understanding of the world.
Some types of independence seniors may lose include:
• Ability to live alone
• Comprehension/decision-making skills
• Strength to perform daily tasks
• Energy to clean or cook
• Social life
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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