Often, older adults want to stay in their own homes even when day-to-day tasks become difficult. While moving to a senior community can be the right solution for some, in many cases with the right support an individual can continue to live in their home, a place of comfort and good memories. With help, you can identify daily living problems and make steps toward solutions.
Feelings of Loneliness
When family lives far away or a spouse has passed away, it can be difficult for seniors to adjust. Talking with a counselor can help. Daily living problems are magnified when you feel alone. Discussing problems can ease discomfort.
Everyone feels lonely at times, at every age. If you are a senior citizen who is feeling lonely, or you have an older adult in your life you are concerned about, such as a parent, reach out for counseling. Speaking with a counselor can help older adults define what they are missing in their lives.
It is essential for overall health to eat nutritious meals, whatever your age. Sometimes, older adults rely on convenience food that is low on nutrients. This can even happen in elderly individuals who once loved to cook. They may find themselves unable to cook due to health concerns or mobility issues. Or possibly they are unmotivated to cook because they are living alone. Many find the joy in cooking to be preparing a meal for a larger group.
Make nutritious meals are priority. Freeze homemade soups and vegetable dishes. Or, for seniors less interested in a sit-down meal, make sure nutritionally-rich snack foods are available, such as fruit and yogurt, quiches or frittatas, and crackers with no-sugar jam. Having healthy options available can deter emotional overeating and other unhealthy choices.
Trips and Falls at Home
It is common to fall and hurt yourself in your own home. This is even more true as we age. In the homes of seniors, take care of simple daily living problems, such as broken banisters and upturned rugs, before accidents occur.
If you are in the Santa Rosa area, Van Blarcom Consulting can help with a variety of household tasks, from using a ladder to repair a fixture to installing railings in a bathroom. If you live outside of California, suggestions for handyman help can be made.
Anxiety and Feeling Fearful
When you live alone, it is essential you have opportunities to talk about your problems. If you aren’t sharing and receiving with another individual, it is possible you could develop an anxiety disorder. Anxiety and depression are often connected, and a growing body of research shows that people who live by themselves may be at a higher risk for depression. This risk can be amplified in older populations because many senior citizens find themselves living in social isolation.
Kendall Van Blarcom is a senior helping seniors. Contact Van Blarcom Consulting today for help with your personal problems. Or, reach out to provide support for an older adult in your life.