How To Help Your Parents Stay Independent As They Get Older

It’s always hard watching your parents get older and at some point, they will no longer be able to do things for themselves. At this point, you will need to step in and take care of them or arrange for somebody else to look after their needs. But before you reach that stage, it’s important that you find ways to help your aging parents maintain their independence. They might have trouble with certain tasks, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t do anything for themselves, and if you want them to have a good quality of life, you need to make sure that they can continue on their own for as long as possible. The good news is, there are a few simple things that you can do. These are some of the best ways to help aging parents maintain their independence. 

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Alterations To The Home 

 

Some simple alterations to the home can make life a lot easier for your aging parents, so they do not always need you there to help them out with basic tasks. Installing some support rails around the home, especially on the stairs, can make a huge difference. If they are really struggling with the stairs, you should consider a stairlift as well. Walk in baths are great too because they help to reduce fall risks. Making these simple alterations to their home means that your parents can continue to do things for themselves and you don’t need to worry about their safety. 

 

Mobility Equipment 

 

Getting around is often a big problem for older people, and they end up isolated in their homes. This is not good, and it can have a big impact on a person’s quality of life, so you need to help your parents out with mobility equipment. If you look at some different scooters and power chairs, you can find something that they can use to get around on their own, without your assistance. This will make a huge difference to their social life and their overall independence. 

 

Get Them A Cell Phone 

 

A lot of older people don’t bother with cell phones, but they are a very useful tool because they provide your parents with a lifeline in an emergency and they help to put your mind at ease as well. You don’t need to buy them the latest smartphone, just something simple that they can use to make calls and send messages, so you can always stay in touch with them and make sure that they are alright. Hopefully, if they are more connected and you can speak more often, your relationship will improve as well. 

 

Keep An Eye On Them 

 

Giving them their independence doesn’t mean that you don’t need to worry about your parents at all, and it’s still important that you keep an eye on them. There are certain signs that you need to watch out for so you can make sure that they are doing ok and they are in good health. Make sure to visit them regularly so you can enjoy some time with them and make sure that everything is ok. 

 

Helping your parents to maintain their independence is important as they age, and these are some of the best ways to do that. 

Age-Related Health Worries (And How To Overcome Them)

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Sorry to say it, but you aren’t getting any younger. Of course, you don’t need us to remind you of this fact, especially if you are already looking ahead and worrying about your future health. You might have concerns about your eyesight and hearing. You might worry about your future mobility. And there could be all kinds of other issues associated with old age that keep you awake at night.

 

Unfortunately, there is no miracle drug for any age-related health issue. There is no elixir of life to keep us fighting fit forevermore. However, you don’t have to worry unduly about your future health. And in this article, we will explain why as we discuss some common health problems.

 

Health worry #1: Bone and joint-related issues

 

As we get older, our bones and joints will start to creak with age. Our mobility will change. However, by remaining active on a daily level, you can mitigate the onset of bone-related diseases such as osteoporosis. Eating a diet rich in calcium and Vitamin D is a good way to promote good bone health. Experts suggest cutting down on bad habits such as smoking and drinking an excessive amount of alcohol, as you can further eliminate the risk of osteoporosis this way. Still, if you do start to suffer in later life, you don’t have to be entirely immobile. As you can see with this medical rental equipment, there are all kinds of aids to support you as you age. So, don’t worry too much, but do take care of your bone health now to mitigate future problems.

 

Health worry #2: Sight and hearing loss

 

Again, as we age, our vision and hearing will start to deteriorate. We might then have to wear stronger glasses and hearing aids. Still, laser treatment is available for those who want to improve their sight, and it is possible to remedy eyesight-related problems such as cataracts through advances in surgery. And while hearing loss can’t so easily be remedied, it is important for you to know that today’s hearing aids are virtually invisible, so let this put your mind at ease if you are self-conscious about your looks. Be sure to protect your eyesight and hearing too. By resting your eyes regularly, and by avoiding loud noises, you can reduce the chances of future problems. These precautionary measures will give you peace of mind and less need to worry as you age.

 

Health worry #3: Dental problems

 

As with the other bones in our bodies, our teeth will start to deteriorate with age. And as they become more fragile, there is the greater risk of our teeth breaking, and of losing them entirely. We might then have to wear dentures in our advancing years. We say ‘might’ because we can do more in our daily life to protect our teeth. By flossing and brushing regularly, and by avoiding those sugary foods that can hurry along the problems of plaque and gum disease, we might not have to worry about dental problems at all as we get older. Get into good dental habits now then, and you will have to less to worry about now and in the future. 

 

Finally

 

You are getting older; that’s a fact! However, you don’t have to worry too much. Follow our suggestions, and for those health issues we haven’t covered, continue your research to find out how to alleviate the worries you might have about them. 

 

Take care, and thanks for reading.