The Positive Influence of Other Seniors May Help You Aging Mother Manage Her Health Challenges
Dealing with health issues is no picnic. It doesn’t matter whether you’re in your 20s, 50s, 70s, 80s, 90s, or anywhere else in between or beyond. Health issues can cause incredible stress. They can ratchet up. And anxiety. They can lead to depression and depressive symptoms.
Your mother might be in her 70s or 80s and has been dealing with some health issues for quite some time. Or, it may be recent. Whatever the case may be, you want her to be safe, maintain a high quality of life, and essentially be happy and healthy.
Unfortunately, being ‘healthy’ again may not necessarily be in the cards for her. It could, but it might not. You have no control over that, and in most cases, neither will she.
What you can control, though, is her outlook on life. Some people are pessimistic by nature. They are negative, no matter how many good things happen to them. Others are glowingly positive, even in the midst of extreme difficulties.
When you’re considering the right elder care, talk about assisted living. There are many reasons why assisted living is truly one of the best elder care choices available to aging men and women, but one of the key things to focus on, the one that is easily overlooked, is the impact that other seniors her age can have on her outlook.
Seniors are surrounded by seniors.
That means elderly men and women who choose assisted living will be surrounded by those their own age. These are the people who have similar experiences, similar outlooks on life, and in many cases, similar challenges.
People who are going through difficult health issues, physical changes, limitations, and even mental or cognitive decline find great comfort being surrounded by people who know what they’re going through.
It’s one thing for an adult child or grandchild, spouse, or friend to say something, but when you’re surrounded by people who are your own age and are going through many of the same challenges, it has a much different influence.
People tend to listen more to those who they know and understand.
That may sound like a mouthful, but it basically means a person may have the best advice, has studied well, but if they’re not going through something similar, haven’t gone through it themselves, there tends to be a wall put up that other individual.
They tend not to listen, at least not closely. So, if your mother is dealing with serious health challenges, something new, something that’s holding her down or keeping her from doing the things she once enjoyed, you can tell her you understand until you’re blue in the face, but it may not ring true to her.
Talk to her about assisted living because then she will be surrounded by people who do understand, people who know. And she will understand that right from the start. What’s even more important is she can learn how to cope and deal with the challenges she faces as a result of these health issues in a positive and supportive environment.