Why Seniors Need Emotional Support from Family and Friends
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”
— Leo Buscaglia, Author
Life experiences are composed of ups and downs, and seniors had already gone through different kinds of circumstances in life. They’ve been through happiness and sadness or any situations in life that molded them to where they are right now. But as they age, life may not be as comfortable and beautiful as it may seem to them. Age, illness, and disabilities may hinder the quality of life they always wanted which also may result in depression.
Did you know that seniors also need emotional support? When it comes to senior’s wellness, professional caregivers are just there to take care of their personal and health needs. For seniors, there’s nothing more comforting than being cared for and loved by a family member and friends. To give you an overview on why they need a family or friend to back them up emotionally, listed below are some common reasons you need to be aware of:
Seniors may already feel anxious and fearful of their surroundings. They would think that they are not safe anymore, especially when they feel they don’t have someone they can depend on whenever danger is around. Be there for them. Make them feel that they are safe and secure when they are with you.
Seniors are never too old for a good and warm companion. If you, as a family or friend, would be there for them, giving them some assistance on their day-to-day activities, it would certainly give a great impact on their life and well-being. Don’t let them feel that they are no longer wanted. Create a connection that would bond you and your senior loved one.
Caregivers should understand that taking care of a senior is beyond delivering care services; it is also about how you make them feel. It is also about the approach, gesture or attitude that you showed to them. With this, achieving the optimum health and well-being of a senior is within reach.