Most people believe that everyone is happy during the holiday season, but that’s certainly not the case. Many elderly parents feel sad and lonely during this holiday time of year as the aging process often brings issues that are hard to cope with, such as the possible need for elder care and assistance. These issues could be emotional or social. Perhaps your parents had lost some close friends, or maybe they had to leave the neighborhood, which left them feeling isolated without friends. There are some ways that you can help you parents deal with their issues of loneliness by cheering them up.
Here are 5 promises that you can make for the well-being of your ageing parents in 2017:
Listen to Them and Be Patient
It’s important to listen. Your parents want to talk – even if there are negative aspects of the conversation. Your parents may be mourning something. Don’t get upset and say that they’re whining. You need to show empathy in this situation. Encourage your parents when they feel useless and burdensome. Always remind your parents that they’re cherished and loved. Simplify the holidays, so that the most important part of them is spending time with loved ones.
Start Monitoring Their Diet
As you prepare for the New Year with your parents, you need to take into consideration that they’re getting a balanced diet. Make sure your parents have good eating habits. It’s important to avoid digestion related issues and for their healthy heart. Help yourself learn about the necessary nutritional needs of seniors, so that your parents can stay healthy.
Ensure Timely Medication and Regular Check-ups
Make sure you’re getting the necessary medicine for your parents and ensure that they’re taking the right flu shots, vitamins, and other vaccines.
Spend Time with Them
To help with potential memory loss, have your parents look through your family photos. That way, your parents can stay up to date on family information, such as important facts in your grandchildren.
Bonding with Grandkids
Let your kids spend a good amount of time with the grandparents and bond well. This will surely put smiles on your parents’ face.
Remember, the most important thing is to just spend time with your parents and love them unconditionally, just like they loved you always. In their aging stage, they might need elder care and physical assistance and you should always be ready to take care of them in the best possible way.