Fear can be beneficial when it keeps someone from harm, but there comes a point where anxiety interferes with a person’s ability to enjoy life. Aging adults often discover they have new fears that pop up over time. Some of these fears can become so overwhelming that seniors may spend a large part of their time worrying about them. Knowing what aging adults fear most gives you a starting point for opening up dialogue with your elderly loved one about how you can address each concern.
Losing Their Cognitive Abilities
A dementia diagnosis is serious, but seniors have more options for treatment than they used to have in the past. Your loved one may worry about losing his or her memory and reasoning abilities. The prospect of not recognizing family and friends one day is upsetting. You can help your loved one implement a plan to protect the ability to think clearly with age. Doing brain training games with a caregiver is one way to give your loved one some control over his or her cognitive skills.
A home caregiver can help your loved one exercise his or her cognitive skills every day. Not every senior has the same care needs, which means they don’t all need the same type of home care. Centennial families can rely on Home Care Assistance to provide individualized care plans to meet your elderly loved one’s unique care needs. Our holistic Balanced Care Method was designed to help seniors focus on healthy lifestyle habits such as eating nutritious foods, exercising regularly, and maintaining strong social ties, and our Cognitive Therapeutics Method offers mentally stimulating activities that can stave off cognitive decline and delay the onset of dementia.
Being Forced to Leave Their Homes
Your loved one may love living in a home with so many memories and prize his or her independence. Many seniors fear having to move to group living environments where they may have to live under someone else’s rules. Planning for home care helps your loved one make decisions now about how he or she wants to live as he or she gets older.
When considering at-home care, families should make sure their senior loved ones have the resources they need to maintain their independence and remain healthy. Trusted in-home care professionals can assist seniors with daily tasks like cooking, bathing, and exercise, and they can also encourage them to focus on healthier lifestyle habits.
Experiencing a Fall-Related Injury
Many of the fears seniors have are valid, and a fall-related injury can be devastating. The good news is that most fall-related injuries are preventable. If your loved one is scared of falling, do a home assessment to find places you could set up a few safeguards. Your loved one may feel safer with handrails in the bathroom and ramps to replace small sets of stairs.
Becoming Targets for Crime
Seniors understand they become vulnerable as they age. Criminals often tap into that vulnerability, which leaves seniors at high risk for being targets for crimes. Elder abuse can be prevented by choosing trustworthy caregivers who are trained in senior care. Your loved one might also want to add an alarm system to the house or set up automated locks for the doors. Your family can also talk to your loved one about scams to make sure he or she is on the lookout for emails and phone calls that seem suspicious.
Spending Most of Their Time Alone
No one needs to spend their golden years worrying about becoming isolated. Your loved one may worry that the day will come when no one wants to visit, or he or she may fear not being able to make new friends after losing his or her spouse. Plan regular social events so your parent knows he or she is loved.
For families living in Centennial, respite care can be a wonderful solution when their aging loved ones need companionship and socialization a few hours a week or just need minor assistance with daily household tasks. At Home Care Assistance, we thrive on helping seniors maintain their independence while living in the comfort of home. Home Care Assistance will work with you to customize a care plan that’s just right for your loved one’s needs. Call us today at (303) 957-3100 to discuss how we can give you the peace of mind that comes from knowing your loved one is being cared for with professionalism and compassion.