For some, retirement is a breath of fresh air. The San Antonio in-home care experts at Home Care Assistance, however, see many seniors who struggle to adjust to a slower life without the need to get up for work and have somewhere to be every day. If your aging parent seems to be struggling with retirement, the following strategies may help.
Encourage Time Off
Encourage your elderly parent to take at least a year off to relax into retirement before making any major commitments, such as big travel plans or a move. Let him or her know that they may never know how it feels to slow down if they are in such a rush to fill up their schedule, and they may be pleasantly surprised where retirement will lead them naturally.
Many seniors, whether they realize it or not, believe accomplishments and accolades determine self-worth, and many feel guilty about not doing anything productive with their time. Suggest ideas to volunteer together, such as an animal shelter, library, or food pantry. This can be a very rewarding experience for you both and help your parent find new meaning in life.
Offer Emotional Support
Be sure to let your senior parent know you are available when he or she needs to talk or if they want to discuss plans with you. Offer your emotional support without criticizing their ideas or putting them down.
Suggest College Courses
Most community colleges and universities offer free or low-cost classes for seniors. Suggest classes you think your parent may enjoy, or even suggest taking classes together. Lifelong learn is one of the best activities seniors can do for their mental health. Taking classes will also give them a chance to meet new people and maintain an active social life.
Encourage Social Connections
Many retirees become isolated as their social network is reduced by losing work friends. Encourage your parent to make new friends and suggest ways to stay connected, such as signing up for classes at the local senior center, taking an art class, or visiting the library.
To learn more about maintaining senior health and emotional wellbeing, reach out to Home Care Assistance. We are a leading provider of live-in and hourly care in San Antonio, which provides seniors with the companionship and emotional support needed during significant transitions in life. Give us a call at (210) 495-6300 and schedule a complimentary in-home consultation.