One of the keys to aging with grace and maintaining a
quality standard of life is staying healthy. This includes being active, eating
a balanced diet and generally practicing good habits. A healthy life can make
it much easier for seniors to live on their own for longer periods of time
So, in general, it is a good idea to encourage your aging
family members or friends to stay as healthy as possible. Of course, make sure
they operate within their limitations and don’t push themselves too hard.
In addition to simply instructing or helping your senior
loved ones to be healthy, you should live it yourself. It is much easier to
make healthy changes (and notice the differences) when you are younger, so
Plan for the Financial Impact
As you could imagine, caring for someone as they get older
can be expensive. From the medical needs, to prescriptions, to the simple costs
of things like groceries or travel, the costs can add up. As a result, you need
to think about and plan for this financial impact well ahead of time.
Also, talk to them about their finances and how much they
have and their plans for retirement. Some will have enough savings to handle a
lot of the cost, but sometimes, a lot might fall on your shoulders.
Sure, there are programs like Medicare
for senior citizens, it is not a perfect solution. There are some things it
won’t cover and it may only cover a certain percentage of different things.
Some things will need to still be paid out of pocket. So even if you have these
programs in place, it is a good idea to still plan for the financial impact of
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask For Help
When caring for your loved ones as they age, it can feel a
little bit hopeless at times. Whether you are very tired or simply don’t know
what to do, it can be a struggle at times. Thankfully, you don’t need to do it
alone. There are a ton of experts
On a more casual level, the online resources we briefly
mentioned earlier can be a great option here as well. Message boards, forums
and even social media can be very helpful when it comes to getting your
questions and concerns dealt with. There will be several other people in your
situation, or who were once in your situation that should be able to help.
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