What does it mean to age gracefully? It can mean a lot of things to various people, but basically it means taking advantage of every opportunity life offers, trying to avoid complaining about fatigue, weakness, and being able to do the things one had been able to do not long ago. When seniors understand how to age gracefully, they understand when it’s appropriate to ask for help.
Some people have difficulty asking for assistance.
Not everyone is freely willing to ask friends or family for help. They take it upon themselves to continue trying to do whatever they need to in order to get through each day. However, with each passing year it becomes more and more difficult to perform those basic tasks.
A senior might have difficulty getting out of bed.
Their bed may be high up. They may have to swing their legs over, ease up to the edge, and hope they don’t slip before their feet can gain traction on the hardwood floor. Every morning they go through this routine, nervously wondering if this will be the day they slip and fall.
Is that aging gracefully?
Most people aren’t going to see those situations. They aren’t going to realize just how difficult it is for that senior in their life to get going every morning. For the senior himself or herself, though, they are certainly aware of the challenges they face every single day.
That nervousness, that worry about whether they can get through the day without injury, is not aging gracefully at all. It’s basically trying to be too proud, take too many chances, and not be willing to understand their own limitations.
How can home care offer assistance?
Even though the senior may not be willing to talk to their loved ones, adult children, friends, or even neighbors, about the challenges they deal with on a daily basis, they can rely on a home care aide through an agency.
This caregiver can arrive at the designated time each day to assist the senior getting out of bed, can help him or her get into and out of the shower, and can help them get the day started in a safe and healthy manner.
People can maintain control of their life when relying on home care support, and they can certainly age more gracefully when they know they will be safe each moment throughout the day.
If you or an aging loved one are considering homecare in Elkhorn, NE, please contact the caring staff at Seniors Helping Seniors® Greater Omaha at (402) 215-0308 today.
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