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Helping an Elderly Family Member Stay Motivated During a Long-Term Illness

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As the capabilities of modern medicine increase, more people are maintaining active, fulfilling lives into their 70’s, 80’s and beyond than ever before. Regardless, the effects of aging are felt by all, and everyone feels their energy levels and enthusiasm waning from time to time. Have you recently noticed a decline in a loved one’s motivation? Here are some tips that can help your elderly family members stay motivated no matter what.

Addressing deeper problems – What is causing the lack of motivation?

If what you’ve noticed is more than just a passing mood, there may be an underlying medical issue that has not been dealt with. As such, the first thing to be done after noticing a change in your loved one’s mood and affect is to investigate the possible causes. For example, if your family member is taking a medication for anxiety, dementia, depression or another mood disorder, they may need nothing more than an adjustment in their dosage. Since both a medication’s effectiveness and a person’s needs can change over time, such issues are often resolved quickly.

Overcoming obstacles – Short-term goals are key

Another common cause of poor motivation is a feeling of hopelessness. When health and personal problems pile up, they can seem like an unclimbable mountain. To help your loved one see that progress is possible, set short-term, easily measurable goals. When they realize that they are still capable of significant achievements, they will regain their sense of purpose. Some reasonable goals for most seniors might be:

  • Taking up a hobby
  • Finishing a small project around the house, such as planting flowers
  • Completing a daily workout or rehab exercise
  • Taking a daily walk or trip into town

Providing independence

Since independence is linked to self-esteem and quality of life, many seniors are distressed when they lose the ability to take care of themselves. In addition, some may even begin to feel like a burden on caregivers in their family. At times, well-meaning family members may even provide too much attention, which can exacerbate feelings of dependence and frustration. When it is possible and safe, therefore, try to give your senior family members the space to care for themselves and make their own decisions.

Make sure they have the resources they need to thrive

Many seniors settle into unhealthy feelings or routines simply because they are unsure of how to proceed or where their future leads. By providing clear direction, guidance and support, you allow them to thrive on their own terms. At Fedelta Home Care, we specialize in providing consultation and care to families with similar. Our comprehensive home care services provide the perfect balance for any family coping with illness or old age.

  • Part and full-time home care
  • Disease management
  • Companionship
  • Hospital-to-home planning
  • Care planning
  • Respite care

To learn more about these and other high-quality services, contact Fedelta Home Care today.

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