Often, conversations surrounding self-esteem involve teenagers dealing with bullies or body dysmorphia. However, low self-esteem can affect people of all ages. It is an issue that is often overlooked by senior citizens. This article will provide ways to improve your elderly loved one’s self-esteem.
Self-Esteem and Socialization
Socialization and communication are vital at any age. However, your social circle tends to shrink every year as you age. When you reach an elderly age, your social circle is significantly smaller. Friends move to retirement communities or pass away. Help keep your loved ones socializing by visiting them often, or chatting on the phone. Companionship through a home health aide may also help with their socialization.
Exercise and Self-Esteem
Exercise helps boost confidence at any age level. For seniors, exercise can help them feel more independent and less fragile. Seniors that work on improving their strength and balance through exercise feel more confident and will feel better about themselves, too. Encourage them to try some simple tai chi, or take a walk around the block.
Accessibility in the Home
When it becomes harder to care for yourself, self-esteem can falter. Help your loved one feel more independent by making their home more accessible. Not only will this make them safer, but it will help them feel more confident about their ability to care for themselves. First, install grab bars in the bathroom. Next, remove area rugs and other common tripping hazards. Keep walkways in the house clear.
Lastly, make sure that frequently used items, such as the TV remote or their phone, are always within easy reach. Each of these changes will make a subtle difference that can keep them safer, and make their life easier.
Ask Them For Advice
Older family members can be a source of wisdom and experience. Consider asking them for advice on a problem you are having with work or your personal life. They will be happy that you came to them for help. Even if it is something simple, like cooking or gardening advice, your loved one will appreciate that you came to them for answers.
Safe Harbor Healthcare Services does not provide medical, healthcare, or financial advice via articles. This material has been prepared for informational purposes only. It is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for medical advice.
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