As a family caregiver you are not just focused on meeting your parent’s physical needs. You should also take into consideration their mental and emotional health and well-being. This supports a better quality of life and encourages greater fulfillment throughout your parent’s later years.
There are many ways that you can boost your parent’s mental and emotional health, but a creative way that you both can enjoy is by creating a reading group. Some of the ways that participating in a reading group can boost your parent’s mental and emotional health include:
• Stimulate the mind. Regular stimulation of their mind helps your parent to keep their mind sharper and more responsive. This can increase their cognitive functioning and slow the rate of cognitive functioning decline. It also supports faster and more confidence decision making, better judgement, and stronger memory skills. These add up to a more confident perspective and ability to function in the world around them.
• Support social interaction. Regular social engagement is a critical part of maintaining good mental and emotional health. Interacting with others and feeling supported, appreciated, and acknowledged by others is all critical to boosting emotional health and warding off issues such as depression, anxiety, isolation, and loss of motivation. A reading group provides opportunity to engage with others, share, have conversations, and feeling like a valued part of something
• Encourage expression. Many elderly adults cope with feeling as though they are no longer important or that they have lost their relevance. A reading group is a chance for them to express themselves, explore their thoughts and feelings, and maintain individuality. For you, this can be an amazing opportunity to learn more about your parent, their perspectives, and even their life experiences. This can bond your relationship well into the future
Being a family caregiver for an elderly adult is challenging, but elderly care can make a tremendous difference in your parent’s quality of life, and your own experience as their caregiver. An elderly home care services provider can be with your parent on a fully customized schedule to ensure that they get all of the care that they need, while also supporting independence and keeping you at the forefront of their care routine.
Through a highly personalized set of services, this care provider can help your parent to stay safe, healthy, comfortable, and happy, while encouraging greater independence, activity, and engagement as they age in place. Planning and participating in activities that stimulate your parent’s mind and encourage social interaction, as well as offering companionship and support, are valuable services that can support your parent’s mental and emotional health for better well-being as they age in place.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering home care services in Claremont, CA, call the caring staff at Aviva In-Home Care. Call today: (415) 795-2203
At Aviva, we also use the latest in health technology to maximize opportunities for communication between all members of our client’s care circles. We utilize nursing oversight to ensure that we are in compliance with physician orders, and that our careplans are being properly administered. Lastly, Aviva is a proud member of The Senior’s Choice, a national network of leading home care agencies that share best practices and focus on continual improvement.
As owner of the business, I also promise to you my direct involvement in your loved ones care, and will always make myself available for feedback and improvements in our service. I look forward to working with you and your loved one on creating a care plan that is perfectly suited to the family's needs. Thank you for considering Aviva as your care partner.
Latest posts by Evan Loevner, CEO (see all)
- Observing Better Hearing and Speech Month - May 23, 2018
- What Type of Emotional Impact Could Parkinson’s Disease Have on Your Senior? - May 18, 2018
- What Can You Do to Help a Senior with Mobility Issues to Cope? - May 10, 2018