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Don't Forget Your Elderly Loved Ones

Thompson Mungo Firm Nov. 8, 2022

Elderly family members are sometimes unintentionally left out or forgotten during the holidays. This can be because their family members are busy, they don't have as much family around them, or they don't want to be a burden on others. However, it is crucial that they are not forgotten this holiday season.

Our elderly loved ones are a significant part of our lives; they are a part of our legacy. They used to look out for us when they were at their strongest. They have given everything they can to support us and become the person we are today. We must be there for them now that they are in their old age. Our physical presence is the best and most meaningful gift we can give them.

What happens when we grow old?

Older family members will need more help as they do experience physical and mental changes as they get older. Their bodies may not be able to do what they used to do, and they often feel weak or may suffer from diseases that require additional medical care.

They may have more difficulty caring for themselves because their strength has decreased, and sometimes it takes longer to get going.  Older lonely individuals may not feel like doing anything anymore because there is so much pain in their bodies or mind that it makes everything seem useless and hopeless.  The elderly are susceptible to diseases affecting their memory, such as dementia or Alzheimer's, so they must see familiar faces and be reminded of how loved they are. 

The Importance Of A Visit

It's important to remember that your elderly loved ones are still the same people they were when they were younger. They may have changed physically and mentally over time, but they will always have a place in your heart. The more time passes between visits, the more memories of those times together will fade away—so make sure you visit as often as possible.

Here's why you should pay a visit to your elderly loved ones:

1. It improves their mental health and keeps them from being lonely. Spending time with them improves their social and emotional lives. It makes life feel more worth living for them.

2. It shows your concern for them. Visiting them indicates that you love and care for them. The more people visit, the better it is for your loved one. They will feel more loved and supported, which can help them feel less isolated from society.

3. It improves their memory recall. Visiting an elder is very crucial to their health and wellness, especially to our elders with dementia or Alzheimer's disease. Elders suffering from diseases that impact their memory might benefit significantly from engaging in conversations, looking at photos, watching family movies, or listening to music that evokes nostalgia and brings back fond or emotional memories. 

What can I do for them?

These are some of the most important steps you can take in helping your elderly loved ones live happier and more fulfilling lives.

  • Visit them to check their condition. With old age come particular challenges like aging and health problems. We need to be there for them and ensure they get the proper attention and care they deserve

  • Be supportive, understanding, and patient with them

  • Be there for them and make sure they feel heard

  • Let them know you care by telling them how much they mean to you or showing your affection in other ways, like cooking them meals, helping them with their tasks around the house, and more

  • Have fun with them—take a walk together, go out for dinner, and play board games together at home before bedtime

  • Be kind to them—don't criticize or make fun of them, even if they do something silly. If you can't say anything nice about someone, don't say anything

  • Create an environment where they can feel comfortable 

They deserve it.

Don't forget your elderly loved ones, especially during the holiday season. They deserve to be included in family gatherings, provided it is safe to do so. We must honor and give back to them. Our elderly family members are a part of our legacy, and there is so much to gain from being present in their lives. By showing our care, love, and compassion, we can make a difference in our elderly loved ones' lives.