Your elderly parents, grandparents or other family members are going through a complicated and potentially confusing time of life. No longer able to do a lot of the things they once enjoyed or to participate in things as they have, they may feel a bit of separation from their loved ones. You can do much to help them cope and find enjoyment in their golden years by helping them maintain a few essential elements of their health.
If you notice the volume being turned up louder than usual on the television, computer or radio, or your loved one often asks to have something repeated, they may very well be facing a hearing loss. Ear, nose and throat doctors can do so much to help preserve hearing – everything from specialized vitamin supplements to hearing aids. Take them in to get their hearing checked and be encouraging with any suggestions the doctor makes.
Vision problems are very common in aging people. Diabetic retinopathy, cataracts and generally worsening vision can make it hard to do everyday tasks. Macular degeneration can be a very prevalent age-related vision problem. There are many things that can help these conditions, and you may find it interesting to note the findings of professor of ophthalmology Kang Zhang regarding this condition. Visiting an eye doctor together will help your loved one deal with any treatments that may be necessary.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if everyone could keep their own natural teeth throughout their life? Many people can, if appropriate exams and treatments are performed regularly. Help your loved one get the help they need and if dentures or partials are needed, try to maintain a sense of humor and be supportive.
Getting around on their own is a big deal for many seniors. The last day they are able to drive their vehicle is a hard day for many. Canes, walkers and wheelchairs may begin to enter the picture. Like wise, knee or hip replacements are common fixes. Help your loved one stay as active as possible to stave off complications.
Above all else people need to feel valued and like they are contributing. Include senior family members in celebrations and accomplishments. Ask their advice where you can and validate their contribution to the world around them.
With a bit of attention to detail and some sincere tender loving care, your elderly family members can feel joy in their everyday lives. Just remember that someday you will also be older – treat them as you hope to be treated.