Is your elderly loved one in a slump? Do they feel like they don’t have purpose? If so, it’s important to take steps to improve their motivation to stay active, both physically and mentally. It may take a bit of time to pull your elderly loved one out of their funk and they don’t have to be doing something all the time. However, if they can be motivated to be productive most days it will do wonders for their health, mindset, and overall lifestyle. In-home care can also be invaluable in helping your senior stay active and motivated.
One of the best ways to help a person get motivated is to get them to set goals. Have your elderly loved one think about what it is they want? Do they want to declutter their entire house? If so, help them to set smaller goals that achieve the larger goal? For instance, you or an in-home care provider could help them twice a week to go through one area of a room. Over time, they can accomplish the goal of getting the entire home decluttered.
Adjusting Their Goals
Things change in life and this is where flexibility must come in. It is very difficult for some people to admit that their goals have changed, especially when they can’t meet that goal by themselves. However, it is important for your elderly loved one to be flexible. Hopefully, with the help of you and home care providers, they can be. For example, with the goal mentioned above, if your elderly loved one wanted to declutter their entire home within 2 months, but they fell and got hurt, this may not be feasible anymore. It is important they adjust their goals to be reasonable. So, maybe with help they can now declutter their home in 6 months instead.
Another way to help your elderly loved one get more motivated is to have them address any challenges that are in their way. Some examples of this may include:
- Having unhealthy food in the house
- Sleeping in too late in the morning
- Feeling depressed
- Feeling anxious
In-home care can help your elderly loved one with healthy meal preparation, grocery shopping, sticking to a sleep routine, safe exercises and other steps to improve motivation. If they continue to struggle with depression or other feelings of sadness, it’s important that they see their doctor.
These are some of the best tips to help senior citizens get motivated again. If your elderly loved one is feeling down or just can’t be productive, hopefully, these are the tips that will help them to pull out of their slump. If your elderly loved one continues to have issues with their motivation, it may be a good idea to have them see a doctor or another health professional as something else could be wrong.
If you or an aging loved one is considering in-home care in Highland Park, NJ, please contact the caring staff at Care Street Home Care today. Call (732) 607-8870.