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Senior Emotional Wellbeing: 6 Tips to Increase Self-Esteem

By Beth Brown, 9:00 am on

The senior care experts at Palm Beach Home Care Assistance know all too well that getting older can be lonely and discouraging for some seniors. Most seniors aren’t as active as they once were, they may have fewer friendships, and it might be harder to feel good about their appearance. However, maintaining high self-esteem and confidence is key to living a happy and fulfilling life at any age. More importantly, helping your senior loved one increase and maintain his or her self-esteem can directly improve their physical and mental health. Here are few simple suggestions for boosting your senior loved one’s self-esteem.

1. Engage in conversation.
Seniors need to be surrounded by people who enjoy listening and talking with them. Take an active interest in your elderly relative’s life and ask questions. You can also ask about something interesting he or she read or heard in the news, or solicit advice on an issue you may be having. Recognizing your senior loved one and what they are able to contribute will help them feel valued.

2. Take your senior loved one out.
It’s often difficult for seniors to get out of the house without assistance, and when they do get out it’s often because someone else needs to do errands. Make a point to arrange special outings for you and your senior loved one to movie theaters, restaurants, or other places he or she enjoys.

3. Suggest a hobby.
Often, seniors have to part with an activity they love but can no longer comfortably or safety do. Suggest a new hobby like learning a new language, listening to audiobooks, painting, taking up yoga, or making easy crafts. A sense of purpose and accomplishment is vital to mental health.

4. Connect them with groups.
Meeting seniors their own age who are going through similar life experiences can provide your loved one with support you simply can’t offer. Sharing his or her experiences and listening to others will help your loved one feel a sense of belonging and connectedness to his or her peers.

5. Connect them with family.
In a world where technology touches nearly every aspect of our lives, there is no reason your senior loved one can’t stay connected to family near or far. Skype, FaceTime, and Google (among others) all make it possible to video chat with loved ones who aren’t physically present. Help your loved one learn how to video chat and schedule face-to-face calls with grandchildren, siblings, or other relatives.

6. Promote independence.
It can damage self-esteem when seniors are no longer to do simple things on their own. Focus on allowing them as much freedom and autonomy as possible, and encourage them to do whatever tasks possible.

Always remember seniors need to feel respected and appreciated as much as anyone else. No matter what kind of personal or health-related issues they struggle with, they can maintain a positive self-image with help and care from those around them.

If your senior loved one needs extra support with day-to-day activities, it might be time to discuss an hourly or live-in caregiver. Home Care Assistance offers around-the-clock availability and no long-term contracts, as well as highly trained Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers in Palm Beach, FL. For more information or to schedule your free in-home consultation, call (561) 429-8292 to speak with a friendly Care Manager today.