Now is the ideal time for seniors, and their families, to think about how they can have the best possible quality of life in their next phase. For many seniors retirement is the start of their “third act” when they get the chance to focus on themselves and what makes them happy after raising their families. But that can leave seniors trying to figure out what exactly what would make them happy. According to experts who specialize in guiding seniors through the transition to life after retirement the things that seniors need most as they age are:
Seniors need strong social connections to help them avoid becoming isolated. Isolation is a big problem for seniors and many seniors feel depressed and suffer from poor mental health if they don’t have a network of friends and family. If you live far away from your senior loved one and can’t be there for them as much as you would like a senior home care provider can give your senior loved one the consistent social interaction they need. A senior home care provider also can be a great resource to help seniors find new friends or meet up with old friends for things like shopping or lunch dates.
Good health is important so that seniors are physically and mentally strong enough to pursue the dreams that they put off for years. When your senior loved ones are making the transition to retirement they might be tempted to let go of their usual rules and eat too much, stop exercising, drink too much, start staying up late, or doing other things that are not really healthy. While your senior loved ones probably won’t have any long term health damage from breaking their routine for a short time those unhealthy habits can quickly become an unhealthy lifestyle. You can help your senior parents enjoy their retirement without sidetracking their health.
A Sense Of Purpose
Seniors need a sense of purpose to have a good quality of life. For years or even decades their jobs or the needs of their families were probably the thing that their lives were built around. When the kids are grown and they are no longer working they can struggle to find that purpose that is going to get them bouncing out of bed in the morning. You can help your senior loved one find a sense of purpose by making suggestions to them and helping them explore new options.
Volunteer work is wonderful for seniors and many seniors find fulfillment in volunteering for a group or a cause that they feel strongly about. Or by volunteering in an area they have years of experience in. Activities like mentoring kids, working with animals, or canvassing for politicians are all excellent ways for seniors to spend their time and find a purpose that will give them something interesting to do.