When the invitation for the 2015 New York Senior Citizen Welfare Symposium came to my mail, I must admit I didn’t even think of going at first. My only concern back then was traveling and finding jobs that could fund my escapades. However, my grandmother saw it while visiting my place, and she wanted to attend it, so I had no choice but to join the event with her.
It is safe to say at this point that the conference opened my eyes to the importance of looking after our elderly loved ones without making them feel disabled. My nana, for instance, insisted on living in her own home, regardless of how much her kids asked her to move in with them. She said that she did not require much assistance, that being old did not mean she could not do things by herself.
If you know a senior citizen who has similar views, here’s what you can do to help them age independently.
1. Deliver Their Necessities Regularly
While an elderly individual wants to live alone, you can talk to him or her into letting you get their groceries and other essentials for them. The heavy traffic even in small cities can hassle them, you see. Plus, it may be difficult to carry the items back to the house on their own. Hence, you should deliver their necessities personally instead.
2. Make Sure The Elderly Knows Where To Get What Item
Some senior citizens prefer arranging stuff at home on their own, but others may find the task too challenging at a certain age. Considering your parent or grandparent is more like the latter, you need to place the most important items, e.g., snacks, water, or medicine, in easy-to-reach places. You should remind them of where you put such things every time you leave too to keep them from forgetting it.
3. Talk To Them Often
Lastly, you should bear in mind that an older adult’s decision to not live with their children does not mean that they want to be left alone. They get lonely too – that’s for sure. Because of that, you ought to develop a habit of calling him or her at least once a day to see how and what they’re doing or merely tell them about your day. It is ideal to visit the senior citizen often as well so that you can have a lengthy conversation in person.
It isn’t easy to have a balanced life. School, work, and house chores can be tiring, and you still have to make time for your friends. However, it’s also important to make time for yourself. Hobbies are a great way to get the necessary “me” time and de-stress. Not only that, but they also help maintain positive mental health.
Let’s take a look at what specific activities you can take up to promote mental wellness.
When life gets too loud, reading is a great way to get quiet time. For a moment, everything is about you and the book. It provides you with a sense of calmness and tranquility.
Reading is great for your mental health as it strengthens your mental capacity. Reading stimulates your brain, improves your memory, and even helps with creativity and imagination. It makes you think as you use your mind to turn the words into scenes in your head.
Similarly, reading can help you understand your emotions better. It’s true that there is wisdom in books. You get to read about and learn from the experiences of other people. After this, you can apply what you have learned from them in your own life.
Put on those dancing shoes because this activity helps make you happier in life. Dancing can also be a form of release as it converts stress into movement and translates emotions to match the dance.
Dancing also keeps your mind healthy. A neuroscientist at Columbia University came up with a theory that dancing creates a “pleasure double play.” First, the music played stimulates the rewards center in the brain. Second, the physical act of dancing then activates our motor and sensory circuits. When dancing, you activate parts of your brain that are responsible for coordination, control, and balance. These all keep your mind active.
Additionally, dancing has always been a social activity. Dancing is used to get to know acquaintances at parties, celebrate achievements, and even court a lover. Thus, dancing can help us connect with others. Given that humans are social beings, this can provide us with much-needed socialization with friends and like-minded individuals.
Running And Walking
When you go outside early in the morning, it isn’t uncommon to see people jogging around the neighborhood or the park. It isn’t just good for your lungs and heart; it’s also good for your brain.
Because running requires you to get out of the house, exposure to the outdoors helps rid the risk of depression and anxiety. Exposure to the sun gets you vitamin D, which helps fight off seasonal depression. In a Stanford study, researchers found that those who took walks in forested areas would show happier emotions because there is reduced activity in the area of the brain that connects to negative feelings, in contrast to those who spent time in urban areas.
Take a break from selfies and point that camera elsewhere. Photography is a hobby that boosts creativity as well as your mental well-being. Looking through the lens of a camera challenges you to view things differently. Frame the world in a certain way, and you’ll see that it’s not as bleak as everyone says.
Reading, dancing, running, and taking photographs are just a few of those hobbies that are good for you. These not only lift your mood but also work on a neurological level.
There are other activities out there that can also contribute to positive mental health. So get out there and take up a hobby. You never know: it could be the key to unlocking greater happiness in your life.
I grew up with just my mom on my side. We used to run around, play hide and seek, go for a walk around the park, go shopping, cook, and more. We used to do almost everything together. But time flew so fast. I finished school and had to work overseas. I came back after two years to get married and had to be away again to raise a family of my own. We used to see each other often. Either she visits us, or we visit her. It’s a must that she comes on every special occasion – birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays.
Life just has so many twists and turns. You need to be creative and courageous to come out on the other side alive.
No one has an idea what life would bring, do you? But whatever life gives, we must be ready. When life throws a lemon at me, I’m thankful I got lemons. I can make some lemonade out of it, and if I have some more left, I can take tequila shots (just kidding).
When you become out of work, it’s not just the paycheck you worry about. Your health insurance will also be one of your biggest concerns. To have a health insurance is essential. No one wants to be sick nor planned to be. But maintaining health insurance protects you from the unexpected.
Are you someone who lives from paycheck to paycheck? Well, you’re not alone. A survey says that even those earning six digits admit that they also live paycheck to paycheck. They tend to spend their paycheck once it becomes available in their account. They don’t save, they get stressed, and yet reluctant to talk about it.
Life expectancy has doubled in number as compared to centuries ago which according to historians is just between 30 and 40 years. People can now enjoy life longer, and some are able to live past 80 years. One reason for this is the good quality of health care received by countries globally.
Raised by parents who never had the privilege of getting an education, my siblings and I were forced to finish a degree. My parents worked very hard just to be able to send us to the best universities. They believe that getting us educated, having a degree from a prestigious school will take us out of poverty. We will never live the life they lived.