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What Psychosocial Issues Are Commonly Associated with Getting Older?

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Growing older has many psychological and social effects on seniors, including how they address their safety, health, relationships, and daily functioning. Seniors and their family caregivers need to understand these factors and learn how to respond to the accompanying changes. Below are some of the psychosocial aspects of aging.

Biological Changes

As children grow, they develop different skills, including cognitive and physical abilities. Their development continues as they grow older and reach the young adult years. As adults, people have matured and developed complex motor skills and cognitive strengths. However, aging can cause these abilities to decrease, reducing memory and negatively affecting health. Although changes in cognitive and physical health are inevitable, the process can be slowed down, and your aging loved one can remain independent longer. Some of the ways your parent can maintain many of his or her abilities include eating healthy, managing stress, and exercising.

A home caregiver can help your parent adopt healthy habits that can stave off a variety of age-related challenges. Not every senior has the same care needs, which means they don’t all need the same type of elder care. Cleveland families can rely on Home Care Assistance to provide individualized care plans to meet your elderly loved one’s unique care needs. Our holistic Balanced Care Method was designed to help seniors focus on healthy lifestyle habits such as eating nutritious foods, exercising regularly, and maintaining strong social ties, and our Cognitive Therapeutics Method offers mentally stimulating activities that can stave off cognitive decline and delay the onset of dementia.

Societal Expectations

Expectations imposed by society can affect the aging process. For example, when older adults believe they need to live alone, their mental health could decrease when they move in with family or friends, eventually leading to emotional and physical health problems. Help your loved one reject harmful age-related societal expectations. Explain the benefits of receiving assistance from family and friends as well as professional caregivers. When seniors realize the advantages associated with accepting help as they get older, they can continue to age in place and enjoy a high quality of life.

Genetic Factors

Your family’s medical history has an effect on your loved one’s behaviors and his or her risk of chronic conditions such as diabetes, some cancers, dementia, and Parkinson’s. Therefore, your loved one should know as much as possible about his or her genetic history to develop a care plan that preserves his or her health. Understanding the psychosocial aspects of heredity allows your family to develop strategies that boost your loved one’s skills and functioning abilities. For instance, if your parent has the Alzheimer’s gene, there are steps he or she can take to reduce the risk of developing the condition, preserve his or her memory, and stave off cognitive impairment.

Aging in place can present a few unique challenges for older adults. Some only require part-time assistance with exercise or meal preparation, while others are living with serious illnesses and benefit more significantly from receiving live-in care. Cleveland, OH, Home Care Assistance are leaders in the elderly in-home care industry for good reason. We tailor our care plans based on each senior’s individual needs, our caregivers continue to receive updated training in senior care as new developments arise, and we also offer comprehensive care for seniors with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and Parkinson’s.

Diminishing Abilities

Seniors need to enjoy life to the fullest because their everyday skills and abilities could be gone quickly. For instance, remembering how to cook food, ride a bicycle, and read are skills most seniors possess, but as time goes by, they could lose those abilities. Your loved one may also see a reduction in the amount of energy he or she has each day, so he or she should use it wisely. For instance, if your parent has difficulty standing for long periods, find fun hobbies and activities he or she can do while sitting instead of concentrating on how much time he or she can stand. This strategy can prevent your loved one from becoming bored and depressed, and it could boost his or her cognitive health.

Maintaining a high quality of life can be challenging for some seniors, but professional caregivers can help them obtain this goal. Families can trust homecare experts to help their elderly loved ones focus on lifestyle choices that increase the chances of living a longer and healthier life. Reach out to us at Home Care Assistance if you need compassionate, professional home care for your loved one. Call one of our friendly Care Managers today at (440) 332-0170.

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