5 Ways to Boost Emotional Wellbeing in the Elderly

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5 Tips on Boosting Emotional Wellbeing in Aging Adults

By Carolina Orosa, 9:00 am on

Staying emotionally healthy can help seniors stave off depression and other health issues that come with aging. To boost their emotional health, seniors should make a few healthy lifestyle choices. Here are some of the simple ways family caregivers can boost their senior loved one’s emotional wellbeing. 

1. Increase Independence 

Seniors who act independently to meet their own needs have a greater chance of enhancing their emotional wellbeing. To promote independence, family caregivers should allow their loved ones to manage daily tasks on their own. Monitor your loved one to ensure he or she is managing daily activities properly, and only step in when it is a safety issue. Promoting independence can increase self-confidence in seniors, boost their emotional wellbeing, and enhance their quality of life.

Maintaining a high quality of life can be challenging for some seniors, but professional caregivers can help them obtain this goal. Families can trust in Vancouver, British Columbia, non-medical home care experts to help their elderly loved ones focus on lifestyle choices that increase the chances of living a longer and healthier life.  

2. Use Modern Technology 

Regular phone calls or video chats with family and friends can enhance your loved one’s mood. He or she can also send letters, greeting cards, and photos through a smartphone or an email account. There are multiple social media platforms that allow people to interact with their friends and family members. Using technology enhances human functioning and gives seniors a sense of self-worth and accomplishment. 

3. Promote Physical Activity 

Yoga, water aerobics, dancing, and walking are some of the physical activities that help seniors maintain clear minds. Doing these activities can also reduce stress and promote longevity in seniors. If your loved one is recovering from an injury or illness, engaging in physical activities could strengthen his or her body and mind, which could boost his or her emotional wellbeing. Physical activities can also build resilience for seniors, providing the strength and energy necessary to manage the daily challenges that come their way. 

If your loved one needs help exercising, engaging in other physical activities, or managing daily tasks, consider hiring a professional caregiver. Whether your elderly loved one needs part-time assistance with basic household chores or you need a break from your caregiving duties, the Vancouver respite care experts at Home Care Assistance are here to help. All of our respite care services are backed with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, there are no hidden fees in our contracts, and we never ask our clients to sign long-term contracts.

4. Suggest Volunteering 

Making a difference in the world can provide seniors with more relief than some treatment plans and medications. The pleasure seniors receive when standing up for a cause that is dear to them or when helping someone who is going through difficult times could provide a sense of accomplishment. Caring for others is a good way for your loved one to boost his or her emotional wellbeing. 

5. Encourage Spending Time with Grandchildren 

Spending time with family, especially grandchildren, allows seniors to feel nurtured while gaining support and encouragement. The mental and emotional stimulation from interacting with their grandkids helps seniors enjoy life, manage stress, and focus on what truly matters. Make sure your loved one is enjoying the visits with his or her grandchildren instead of just being a babysitter. If you notice your loved one getting tired, cut the visit short. The objective is to relieve your loved one’s stress and anxiety levels.

By making healthy lifestyle choices, seniors can stave off depression and boost their emotional wellbeing. If your elderly loved one needs help maintaining healthy habits, consider hiring a professional elderly caregiver. Vancouver families can rely on Home Care Assistance to provide dedicated and compassionate in-home caregivers who are trained in our holistic Balanced Care Method, which was designed to encourage seniors to exercise often, eat nutritious foods, maintain strong social ties, and focus on other lifestyle factors that promote longevity. To schedule a free in-home consultation, call us at 778-279-3634 today.