Unfortunately, many elderly women don’t take great care of themselves. They may feel depressed, lonely, or just have a difficult time with self-care. No matter what is going on with your elderly loved one, it is important to help them take the proper steps to boost their self-care. There are many ways you and their home care providers can help them with this.
Understanding Their Own Body
One of the most important steps for proper self-care is understanding one’s own body. When you talk to your elderly loved one, do you feel they understand their body? Do they know what makes them exhausted or energized? Do they know how much sleep they need each night to feel fully rested in the morning? Are they exercising to maximize the functions of their body? Talk to them to see if they have the answers to these questions. If they aren’t sure, help them to become more aware of what their body needs and wants.
Another way for elderly women to boost their self-care is to properly educate themselves. They might need help from you or their home care providers. They need proper education on health issues. There are many online websites, apps, and health programs that can assist with this process. There are many facts they need to know to properly take care of their physical, mental, and emotional state. If they need even more assistance than you or their home care providers can offer, they can talk to their doctor to see what other services they might be able to receive.
Knowing Family History
To boost one’s self-care, the person needs to know more about their family history, as well. They need to know if family members have had diabetes. Has anyone in the family experienced high blood pressure? Do any relatives have a history of cancer? Are these issues on the paternal or maternal side? Talk to your loved one about these issues and what they know about their family history.
Preventative health is another important factor in self-care. Your loved one needs to take preventative measures for high blood pressure, cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, and glaucoma. The first step in handling health issues is trying to prevent them in the first place. Help your loved one to do this.
These are some of the steps elderly women can take to boost their self-care. If you are helping to care for your elderly loved one, work with them on these steps. Help to boost their self-care starting today.