HOW TO HELP YOUR LOVED ONE PREPARE FOR A BIG LIFE CHANGE

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Major life changes can be challenging for anyone, especially seniors. Here are some helpful points and tools to assist you in guiding your senior through the process of a life change. Whether the change is physical, emotional, or environmental, these resources can help you support them through the process.

The body goes through physical (and mental) developments or even regressions that have a massive effect on quality of life. From as simple as feeling a little less balanced, to more severe issues like not remembering how to do daily tasks – the aging process can be a scary concept for seniors. Seniors continue to become more and more vulnerable. Whether it’s the loss of a significant other or experiencing an injury, they can feel particularly vulnerable and uneasy when it comes to health (mental and physical) concerns. A decrease in control could be another change in routine your senior experiences that affects their daily comfort level. Loss of certain mobilities and a decline in independence has a major impact on their mental state and confidence.

 How to Support Your Loved One During Stressful Times: Helping your loved one navigate changes can have a remarkable impact on their success in coping and processing new situations. In addition to feeling like someone is there for them, the support from a loved one is profound for helping them adjust to change. Some seniors struggle to communicate emotional or physical needs – whether it’s feeling too embarrassed, fearful of the unknown, or they are unsure as to how to process the circumstances. Listening and being present for your loved one is the best way to show support during difficult times.

Being a resource, by becoming more educated on all options and services available can be a great relief! Local support groups, and senior living communities are a great place to start. Support groups and Senior Communities have day programs to be able to socalize with other seniors and adult children who may be going through a similiar journey. 

Truly listen to your senior’s concerns, fears, worries, or just let them talk through how they feel about the changes happening in their life. Reassurance and trust is another major component of helping your loved one process change. Involving your senior in addressing change can have a positive impact on the way they process the information.

Plan together! Ask them what they would like to do, how much they would like for you to be involved in helping them, and what elements would make them feel more at ease. Change can be alarming for your loved one, but with some support, reassurance, and involvement, your senior will have an easier time adjusting to life’s circumstances.

Focus on the Positive! There are always positive things to focus on. Help your loved one focus on the things that are going right! Moving closer to kids may mean more time together! Moving to a senior community may mean no more time cooking and cleaning! Being a part of a community may mean that you will have personal friendships again!

If there are concerns you are unable to address alone, reach out to phyicians, case managers and senior living communities. At Senior Living management, all of our communiteis are available to help seniors and their loved ones navigate changes and to find a safe, supportive, and most important, enjoyable way of life!f maitland, court of maitland, cottage of
 

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