As caregivers, we strive to meet all our loved ones’ needs. We give medication reminders, cook meals, manage doctor’s appointments and keep schedules. Our daily tasks can all be challenging, but one in particular gives families a lot of grief: ensuring our loved ones are stimulated and entertained.
Our physical and mental abilities change as we get older. You may notice that your loved one’s days increasingly consist of sedentary behavior, activities of daily living (ADLs) and rest, but this provides them with little physical, mental and social stimulation that is necessary for a high quality of life. However, it can be challenging to offer activities and opportunities they are interested in and that are appropriate for their ability levels, especially when we are so busy juggling countless responsibilities.
If a senior’s abilities have waned, it can be challenging to find ways to adapt or replace the pastimes they once loved. Sometimes, though, our loved ones simply lose interest and incentive to participate in life. They may complain or nag us or spend most of each day sleeping or watching television. What is a caregiver to do?
It all depends on a senior’s personality and their living situation.
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