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How To Look Out For Your Elderly Parents

Wednesday, March 25, 2020


The older generation has been an inspiration to us all, so they deserve to be treated with love and respect. It can be upsetting to see your parents appear more vulnerable, and you realize it’s your turn to look after them now. This doesn’t need to be a negative thing necessarily, they are still might surprise you and you can have fun together. With a few basic tips on how to work through their loneliness, health problems, and mobility issues, you can help to give them the support they need to get the spring back in their step. 

Be available
It’s more difficult to get out and see people and unfortunately, this has been an upsetting reality for many elderly people for a while. If your parents are getting to this stage, whether they’re alone or still together make sure you always make yourself available. Of course, you will have time restrictions due to work or other family pressures but try to be realistic about making plans with them, and stick to them, even if it’s just a phone call. Loneliness can be a real problem.

Help them with technology

Teach them how to properly use cell phones and other devices to make it easier to keep in touch. Why not get them interested in doing a course, or helping through it online? Get them a user-friendly tablet as a present to make video calls if you live far away. Have a look online at the best tablets for seniors. They’ll be calling you on Skype in no time.

Keep them active

If your parents are suffering from a lack of mobility there are things you can do to help them. Keep them as active as possible if you can. There are workout classes designed specifically for seniors and also facilities in many parks. If they are too anxious to leave the house you can find video tutorials online. There are plenty of different types of sport they can do, even from home.

Think of fun ways to stay active, you might want to get the grandkids involved as well. This will help to motivate them more. Go for a walk somewhere pretty near you when the weather is nice. There are plenty of options from household aids, to mobility scooters, to keep them on their feet as well.

Tools and Gadgets

If they’re suffering from health problems that affect mobility such as arthritis and lupus, there are many useful household products you can buy to allow them to be much more independent. These are often easier to use handheld objects with a better grip for example. If they are suffering from a loss of hearing, learn more about how to buy hearing aids.

Remember your parents getting older can bring on unexpected issues so don’t be afraid to see professional advice or simply phone a helpline. There are plenty of ways to care of them even remotely. The most important thing is to look out for each other.



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