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As people get older, they often need help in various areas of their life. It can become difficult to care for yourself as your body ages, and your mind can change too.

If you have elderly relatives who you see often, it’s important to keep an eye on them and look out for any changes. There are several things you can do to help them out and make sure that if they need any care, they receive it.

Have a look at some of these areas of their life where you might be able to help:

 

Helping with Physical/Practical Needs

A lot of older people need a bit of extra help with doing daily tasks and getting about. While it’s important for seniors to still exercise as much as they can, sometimes having someone else to lend a hand is important.

You might know someone who needs help running errands — perhaps someone to drive them to their appointments. Or they could do with a helping hand to make them a meal sometimes, or help them clean their house.

Even if you’re not able to help with any of these things, there are times when it might be useful to suggest hiring someone to help out.

Health

If you’re not a medical professional, there’s only so much you can do to give someone assistance with their health. But if you have an elderly relative, one thing you can do is make it easier for them to take care of themselves.

You can encourage them to see a doctor if you think they need to, and help them get there or pick up their prescriptions. You should remember that health problems can be mental, as well as physical. ParcProvence.com shows that professional care is needed to help seniors with dementia. If you recognize any symptoms, a diagnosis is the first step to working out what happens next.

Socialization

Loneliness is a big problem among seniors. Depression is also a significant issue, and feeling isolated can contribute to it. One of the best things you can do for an elderly relative is to spend time with them, or communicate with them while you’re apart.

You can also help by making sure they can spend time with others. You can drive them to activities or arrange things where they get to meet people.

Help Making Decisions

Some seniors might eventually need assistance with making decisions for themselves. This might mean simply talking to them about their options, so they have all the knowledge they need.

However, sometimes you need to recognize that it’s time to discuss with other family members whether anything else needs to be done. There are some circumstances when it’s best for someone else to have the legal power to make decisions for a relative about things like money or medical care.

There are lots of ways you might be able to help a senior relative or friend. Making an effort to be there for them can make a huge difference.

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