The power of positive thinking is well established, yet some seniors get stuck in a negative cycle that can steal away their happiness and damage their health. If your elderly loved one has become stressed or depressed, Oakville caregivers have some tips to help get him or her back on a more positive path.
Read a Positive Quote a Day
Sometimes the words of our ancestors can remind us things are not always as bad as they seem. If your loved one is religious, try starting the day with a Scripture that can renew his or her thoughts. Positive quotes from a favorite actor or author are also great ways to turn your loved one’s thinking around.
Provide a Sense of Purpose
Negative thinking sometimes arises when seniors feel they have no use. However, there are many ways your loved one can contribute to his or her community. Knitters can make blankets for the homeless, woodworkers can donate dog houses to animal shelters, and creating a family memoir can provide a sense of purpose and give your loved one a positive sense of wellbeing.
Take a Break from Technology
Technology has many benefits for seniors, but it can also be detrimental to their emotional health if they spend too much time watching television or reading online. This is because the news and social media is often full of negative messages. Encourage your loved one to unplug for a bit by planning some fun outdoor activities. Not only will this turn your loved one’s focus away from negative media, but the dose of sunshine can also boost his or her mental wellbeing.
Offer New Social Opportunities
Isolation can quickly lead to negative thinking since seniors only have one view of the world. For this reason, you can introduce your loved one to new friends who provide positive insights into his or her life. Sharing a meal with an Oakville live-in home caregiver, participating in a senior exercise class, or attending a community event can all be enjoyable experiences that promote happiness.
At Home Care Assistance, we believe a senior’s emotional wellbeing is just as important as physical and mental health. Our caregivers don’t just think of caring for your loved one as a job. They are trusted companions who will always keep his or her happiness in mind. For more information on elder care Oakville families can trust and rely on, call one of our friendly Care Managers at (905) 337-1200 to schedule a free in-home consultation.