One issue that is often neglected when it comes to senior citizens and their health is depression and anxiety. Life as a senior can be difficult. Many seniors often lose people they love frequently, end up having to change their day-to-day routines drastically, and often struggle from frequent physical health issues.
Oftentimes, senior citizens are prone to loneliness that can lead to depression. They start to feel extreme anxiety about things like finances and retirement accounts, and worry about making it to the grocery store and pharmacy safely. All of the stresses and anxiety that go along with significant life changes, like retirement, can take a toll.
For this reason, taking a few minutes to brighten the day of a senior citizen, whether it be a neighbor or a family member, is so important.
Even just stopping in for a few minutes to chat about the weather and the latest news can make a huge difference in their day.
If you live in a community where lots of senior citizens live, take advantage of the spring weather and arrange walks or picnics in your neighborhood with people that seem lonely or defeated. Seniors really just appreciate company, and it’s good for them to get outside.
If you have a loved one that often spends time alone, focus on how you might be able to brighten their day that won’t take much effort from you. Something as simple as bringing a friendly pet for a visit, cooking a favorite meal, or sharing old stories can brighten a senior’s day.
Thinking of ways to brighten a senior citizen’s day is simple; the important part of the equation is your follow through. If you’re not able to visit on a regular basis, call on your family and neighbors to share the responsibility. You don’t want to give your elderly loved ones the sense that they have lost their independence by checking in on them constantly, but a quick daily visit or phone call can keep them feeling positive.
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