All over the world, people 65 and over face numerous kinds of challenges each day. One of the most important things to today’s retirement age population is keeping their independence. An individual is more likely to remain independent if they can continue to enjoy the freedom of expression.
Here are additional ways in which retirement age individuals can do their best to maintain their independence:
- Always put safety first
- Do brain exercises as often as possible (TV game shows, jigsaw puzzles, crosswords, sudoku, board games, cards, etc.)
- Get as much physical exercise as you reasonably can
- Participate in day-to-day activities (cleaning, meal planning, cooking, shopping, laundry, etc.)
- Enjoy a healthy social life
Let’s take a look at how you can assist your aging loved one so they can maintain their freedom of expression well into their golden years.
Discuss Their Concerns Regularly
It’s important to listen to your aging loved one – everyone needs someone to listen to them. If there is something that concerns your loved one, discuss it with them. Don’t make them feel like it’s a big bother for you to sit down and talk. Make sure they know your door is always open. Knowing they have a voice and an opinion – and can express it – will help make all the difference in the world where their freedom of expression is concerned.
When Needed, Hire A Trusted Support Team/Caregiver
If your aging loved one needs extensive care, you may not always be able to supply the care they need. In this case, consider having someone come into your home to help out. If even that seems inadequate, it may be time to research a retirement community that offers either memory care or assisted living – depending on your circumstances.
Their Sense of Community Should Be Encouraged and Celebrated
Help your loved one discover some enjoyable groups and/or activities. A good community is fostered by healthy social lives. Help your loved one stay involved in the community and find opportunities during which they can speak their mind.
Promote Physical Exercise
No matter what a person’s physical limitations are, there is some type of exercise that can be done. Simple walking – for 30 to 45 minutes a day – is better than nothing. Stretching, yoga, sit-and-be-fit programs, etc. are great for those with limited mobility. If you exercise with your loved one, they will likely appreciate the effort, as well as your level of involvement and commitment.
Encourage Getting Involved In The Community
There are numerous organizations in every community that take part in retirement age individuals’ lives. If your loved one can get involved with one or more of these community groups, all the better. They can express their concerns at meetings and with others who have similar concerns.
Feel Free to Express at TerraBella Northridge
At TerraBella Northridge, we have programs through which your loved one can express themselves, stay active, remain healthier, and more. Check out our activities and events calendar if you’d like to see what we’re talking about.
Our Celebrations program promotes diverse recreation including games, crafts, art, and more. We also schedule shopping trips, visit local restaurants, present informative guest lecturers, have live music performances, and schedule TV and movie days and nights.
Please contact one of our friendly, helpful representatives by phoning us at 919-848-4906 with any questions you may have. With sales and leasing inquiries, you can call 984-231-6041. You can also, if you prefer, use our convenient online form to open the lines of communication.
Better yet, see for yourself all we have to offer. Schedule a tour today!