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Why Elderly Care Can Be So Important

December 18, 2018

Why is Elderly Care So Important?

The importance of home care for the elderly is often overlooked. There are a multitude of reasons we should care for loved ones as they age. Certain studies have shown the ways in which stressors like anxiety increase as we get older. As these stressors increase, it’s important to combat them with change that bring comfort and ease in life. Find out more about why elderly care is so important.  

The Importance of Personal Care for Our Elders

Taking the steps necessary to provide your loved one with what they need to age sets them up for ease in their older years. This can be in a variety of ways. This can include taking time to make sure they are doing the things they enjoy in life, that they are still focusing on their mental health, or even talking to them about adding an in-home care aide to their daily or weekly routine.

It can be hard to have the conversations about the change our loved ones need in their senior years. But, the importance of personal care for our elders comes from making sure the pace of life doesn’t slow down or become monotonous.

What Makes Care in our Elder Years Crucial?

As you get older there are many things changing. The structure of your life changes, and potentially even the things you used to be able to do before. According to one study, one in five people in the UK experience anxiety or depression later in life. Yet, also according to this study, the detection of such stressors go unnoticed in the elderly(Kingstone et al, 2017). This marks the importance of caring for our elders and parents. There are a wide array of ways to be able to combat the likelihood of anxiety and depression in later years. Taking the steps necessary to make sure we have our loved ones suitably cared for means the potential for completely enjoying their senior years. Limiting the amount of stress and anxiety that comes with older age is an important step.

What You Can Do

Combating stressors that come with older age are the best actions you can take for your loved one. Take a look at certain things like taking care of your nutrition and brain health. One study showed the importance of physical activity within your own home as an aging senior can make a difference(Aguiñaga et al, 2018). It was shown to make differences in the amounts of stress and anxiety on the seniors in the study.

It’s not always easy to make these sorts of change on one’s own, or even hold yourself or your loved one accountable. Thus, It can be a great time to consider the services of an in-home care aide. The importance of elderly care can’t be stressed enough, but sometimes it can feel like a burden.

With trained caregivers, the stress is taken off of both you and your loved one. At Homecare Powered by AUAF, we have been working to make these senior years as easy as possible for you and your loved ones. It’s all very simple. Finding out about our home care services and the potential change it can make in your loved one’s life can mean all the difference. Find out more or call us at 773.274.9262.

References

Kingstone, T., Burroughs, H., Bartlam, B., Ray, M., Proctor, J., Shepherd, T., … Chew-Graham, C. A. (2017). Developing a community-based psycho-social intervention with older people and third sector workers for anxiety and depression: a qualitative study. BMC Family Practice, 18, 1–9. https://doi-org.proxy2.library.illinois.edu/10.1186/s12875-017-0648-7

Aguiñaga, S., Ehlers, D. K., Salerno, E. A., Fanning, J., Motl, R. W., & McAuley, E. (2018). Home-Based Physical Activity Program Improves Depression and Anxiety in Older Adults. Journal of Physical Activity & Health, 15(9), 692. Retrieved from http://www.library.illinois.edu.proxy2.library.illinois.edu/proxy/go.php?url=http://search.ebscohost.com.proxy2.library.illinois.edu/login.aspx?direct=true&db=edb&AN=131199459&site=eds-live&scope=site

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