Elderly Care in Holmdel Township NJ
Dr. Catherine Haslan, from the University of Exeter, discovered the effects that “considering yourself as older” had on test results. A control group between the ages of 60 to 70 was split into two groups. Before being given any additional information, both groups performed normal on tests of mental ability. When half the group received information that aging was associated with both a mental and generalized decline, 70 percent met the criteria for a dementia diagnosis.
What this remarkable study indicates is that what we believe and perceive plays a large role in how we perform and engage in the world around us. Betty Friedan believed, “Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” For someone with an attitude like that, one can imagine that any tests she took would score high on the mental ability Richter. While someone such as Anatole France who made the statement, “It was one of the deadliest and heaviest feelings of my life to feel that I was no longer a boy. From that moment I began to grow old in my own esteem—and in my esteem, age is not estimable,” really shouldn’t even bother with taking the test.
Role as a Family Caregiver
As a family caregiver, you are in the commendable position of helping your parent view age as a wonderful part of life’s journey and not as the sour end-note. With the close contact and daily connection you have, your attitude will deeply affect theirs.
Activities and Engagement
Scheduling a variety of activities and social engagements plays an important part in age-related mind-over-matter. Leading an active life is associated with longevity and enjoyment, the two of which go hand-in-hand. Volunteering is shown to improve health and the quality of life among seniors. Spending time with peers and family and friends are known markers of happy and engaged seniors.
Elderly Care Providers
Elderly care providers can also play a large part in helping your loved one stay on the sunny-side of life. They, in many cases, become close companions of those they care for. They provide transportation to senior community centers and accompany your loved one to special events and outings. As well as helping with the daily activities of living, they can go on walks with your parent, share meals, and provide that all-important camaraderie so important to a happy and balanced life.
If you or an aging loved one are considering elderly care in Holmdel Township, NJ, please contact the caring staff at Lares Home Care 888-492-3538 or 732-566-1112.