Hi, this is Anthony Diaz and today I want to talk about basic needs that seniors really need. Our senior population is expanding partially due to modern medicine that helps people live longer. There are things that will help the aging person age with more emotional security.
The first thing that seniors need is to still feel needed. That is why relationships with family, friends, volunteers or caregivers can keep seniors active and help ward off depression. Seniors need to be empowered and part of that would be to be heard.
Being heard is vital to our aging population. Make sure you take time to listen to what an elderly person is saying and give them the time of day. Spend quality time with them. They need to know that their life is valued. They do not want to just be shut away. They have stories that need to be heard and their minds need to e active.
Speaking of staying active, exercise and physical activity are as close as we can come to preventing disease and disability. It’s best to start early to make physical activity a habit, but you’re never too old or frail to exercise. Even if you are in an adult care home, get your seniors walking outside at least 4 or 5 days a week to keep their blood flowing, give them something to do and to manage overall health.
They also need what I refer to as paper work basics. Seniors need to know their paper work in in order. Things such as their wills, health directives, their power of attorney, health insurances, know and understand their benefits, know and understand where the titles for their vehicles, boats, toys, deed to home and other properties. Just because someone is old does not mean they do not care about these things, so be sure to make such knowledge available to them.
Elderly people need familiar surroundings and people around them that can offer them support and understanding. The elderly do not like change so it is best that you make any sort of change, slow yet progressive. Change happens, and for some seniors it can be difficult, so familiar surroundings means a great deal for them.
Our elderly people have a lot of needs and some are so basic we forget them. What seniors need should always be in the forefront of our minds so we can provide them with the best quality of life.