Major life changes can be challenging for your loved one. 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.
Life Changes Your Loved One May Experience
With aging comes many changes. 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.
Illness and death – as alarming as it sounds – grows commonplace as the clock of life ticks on. 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. 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. In addition to listening and understanding them, building trust with each other is a great way to show your loved one they are supported. For example, call when you say you’re going to call. Be on time, be available, and openly communicate. Reassure your loved one that you’re here for them – even if it’s just as a shoulder to lean on.
Involving your senior in addressing change can have a positive impact on the way they process the information. 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. For more tips to keep your loved one healthy and happy, visit the Senior Living Management blog today.