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Why Older Adults Need Their Independence

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Seniors enjoy being independent because it gives them a sense of achievement. However, maintaining independence in the golden years might be difficult for some seniors.

There are a variety of age-related health conditions that can make it more challenging for seniors to live independently. However, many of the challenges they face can be easier to manage if their families opt for professional home care. In Palm Beach, families can rely on expertly trained caregivers to keep their loved ones safe and comfortable while aging in place. Here are some of the reasons it’s important to encourage your elderly loved one to maintain independence as he or she ages. 

Increases Strength and Mobility

Seniors can keep their bodies strong and active by performing daily tasks with little assistance. These tasks include bathing, cleaning, cooking, laundry, yard work, and other chores. If your elderly loved one relies on you to do everything, he or she might develop poor muscle strength, balance issues, weak blood flow, and breathing difficulties. Walking from room to room to complete a task or going to the pharmacy and doctor’s office can boost your senior loved one’s strength and mobility.

Prevents Depression

When your loved one loses independence, he or she may feel depressed, which could lead to serious issues such as a stroke or heart attack. By encouraging your elderly loved one to do the things he or she can do without assistance, you are encouraging him or her to remain independent. This could boost your loved one’s mood, despite the issues he or she faces due to aging.

Preserves Memory 

Being independent at home could keep your elderly loved one’s brain active and stimulated. He or she will need to think and make decisions pertaining to daily tasks such as healthy meal preparation and fun activities. Deciding what to wear may seem like a simple task, but it could help preserve your senior loved one’s memory. Making his or her own choices promotes independence, and it could prevent many age-related issues such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

For some seniors in Palm Beach, dementia care is essential. Regular mental stimulation helps slow the progression of the disease, supervision reduces the risk of dangerous behaviors, and compassionate companionship is a wonderful solution for alleviating the symptoms of dementia.

Achieves a Sense of Purpose 

When your senior loved one performs an activity with little or no help, he or she may feel a sense of achievement. Seniors tend to take pride in their accomplishments, especially if aging has affected their mobility, vision, and hearing. Being independent gives your elderly loved one something to look forward to each day, regardless of his or her health issues. This sense of purpose helps prevent a feeling of dependence many seniors experience at some point in their lives.

If your elderly loved one needs help maintaining healthy habits, consider hiring a professional home caregiver. Palm Beach families can rely on Home Care Assistance to provide dedicated and compassionate in-home caregivers who are trained in our holistic Balanced Care Method, which was designed to encourage seniors to exercise often, eat nutritious foods, maintain strong social ties, and focus on other lifestyle factors that promote longevity. To learn about our holistic approach to senior care or to create a customized care plan for your aging loved one, call us at 561.429.8292 today.