As an individual ages, their needs will change, too. This is a normal part of life, and we see it at all stages. From early childhood, to the teenage years. From the teen years to adulthood. But the transition from adulthood to the senior years is a difficult one because it is constantly progressing. Instead of other stages, where the person is growing, this stage sees declines in physical ability.
Along with these changes come some health problems. Balance issues and an increased risk of falling are prevalent among seniors. And the injuries that can be sustained from a fall also increase in injury. Many seniors face brittle bones or osteoporosis. This is more common in females, but men can be impacted, too. Other health issues may occur, too.
Not all of these things will impact your loved one or your family, but some of them may. Understanding the basics of aging will help you as a family to better help the people that you love. Understanding their specific situation a little bit better will help you to customize the help that you are giving them, helping them to more fully live a healthy life as they age.
This is an area of study that all of us can benefit from spending more time with. But when you understand the basics at a slightly deeper level of how an older family member and their needs will change as they get older, you can compensate for these needs and help them to live a higher quality of life. It’s an ongoing thing, and you will never fully understand all of it. But spending some time orienting yourself with the most common challenges will be helpful.
During this time of social distancing, a lot of senior care companies have begun to shift their focus and help educate families so that they can be more aware of their loved ones’ needs. If family care is going to be more heavily utilized, care companies are finding that it’s far more helpful to have people that can speak up and advocate for their parent’s needs. This has been shown to help connect families with more accurate resources when it comes to assisting the people that they love.
And this is a very good thing. In fact, it’s something that we’ve been doing for years. We’re glad that others are beginning to see the powerful impact that families working for the good of the people that they care about can have.
As always, we are here to help. Whether it’s a few simple questions or something more in depth, one of our trained caregivers would love to get you pointed in the right direction. Our free consultations are designed to help you and your family find the perfect care resources, not pressure you into choosing something that isn’t going to be quite as helpful as it should be.
So, feel free to call us or send an email. The sooner you start, the sooner your family will be connected to the right resources for their unique needs.