helping seniors with change

Change can be hard for anyone, but it is especially hard for your aging loved one. As we age, we tend to become more and more resistant to change in our lives. New things are scary, and as the old saying goes, “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.”

But what happens when medication needs to be changed, or your loved one has to move out of their home, or worst case there is a death in the family and your loved one now lives alone?

Change is a part of life, and while not everyone likes change, there are ways to deal with it. If your aging loved one is resisting change, try these tips:

Ask, Don’t Tell – Try to ask your aging loved one for their opinions rather than telling them what they need or should do. Involving them in the decision making process can ease the tension and make adjustments easier to handle.

Listen – It’s always important to listen when you are having a serious or maybe even unpleasant conversation. Remember that your senior loved one is going through a difficult time and they need to express that. If you find yourself trying to talk over someone, take a deep breath and give them a chance to speak for a while.

Be Patient – While your elderly loved one may not admit it, change can lead to more fears like losing control or independence. Try to put yourself in their shoes and be patient with them. Change doesn’t have to happen overnight.

If your loved one is resistant to change and you need assistance, call your local Senior Helpers office today to speak with a care specialist!

 

Image credit: "My Grandfather" (cropped) by Andrew Beeston. (Creative Commons Attribution Generic)




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