Your senior might have done a lot of different things in the past just because she enjoyed doing them. Activities like cooking, crafting, and so much more might be activities that your senior has abandoned for one reason or another.
Look for the Why
There’s always a reason for changes in your senior’s behaviors, even if you don’t understand the why at first glance. It may take way too much time to figure it all out on your own, too, so it really does pay to try to talk to your senior about what’s going on. The problem might be simple and related directly to her health, or the problem might be a little more subtle. If you’re going to help her, though, you have to look for the why.
Health Changes Affect Her Ability to Do What She Loves
Of course, the most common situation is that your senior’s health is impacting her ability to do what she loves and wants to do. Even if the health issues she’s facing don’t directly impact what she’s doing, her fear of what might happen could be. Sometimes your elderly family member is actually hoping that you’re not aware of the health changes that she’s experiencing. This relates directly to independence and wanting to avoid becoming a “burden” for you and for other family members.
She May Be Lonely
Loneliness and lack of companionship have a huge impact on your elderly family member’s ability to engage in activities she loves. Isolation can lead directly to depression, and when someone is depressed, they don’t always do their normal routines and activities. It’s worth talking to your senior about the amount of interaction she’s having with others. If you’re not able to be with her as much as you want to be, you might not be aware that she’s become more isolated.
Elder Care Services May Be Able to Help
When you’re trying to figure all of this out, hiring elder care providers might be a workable solution. Elder care services providers can help you to determine what might be slowing your senior down and creating problems for her. If the problem is that she feels overwhelmed by all that she’s trying to do on her own, they can take over some of those tasks for her and free up both time and energy.
This stage of her life is the perfect time for your senior to be focusing on what she really wants to be doing. That’s a lot easier if you can resolve problems that get in her way of doing just that.
If you or a loved one are considering Elder Care Services near Ephrata PA, contact the caring staff at Extended Family Care of Lancaster. Call today at (717) 205-2174.
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