It’s not uncommon for self-confidence to dissipate as people age. Any number of things can instigate this. That includes the fact someone can no longer do what they used to do when they were young, physically fit, and active. It can also be from the loss of a loved one, and more. That’s why it’s essential your aging loved one’s self-esteem be boosted, not only by you, but by their caregiver, if it’s someone other than yourself.
To build self-confidence in retirement age individuals, there are numerous methods. Here, we are going to go over just a handful of them.
Spend Quality Time Together
Make it a point to visit your loved one as often as possible. Go to lunch in town if it’s something they would enjoy. Take a trip to the zoo. A walk through the park. Talk about your favorite book or a fun memory. What’s important is that you spend time with them, and the time you spend is of the highest caliber possible.
Visit virtually online if person-to-person contact isn’t advisable.
Discuss Your Loved One’s Anxieties
What worries your loved one? What are they afraid of? It’s important to talk about these things with them so you can not only discover what they are but do something about them to alleviate your loved one’s fears. If they are afraid of their environment, make it as safe as possible. Eliminate tripping hazards, make sure furniture is comfortable, see to it that the heat and air conditioning work properly, etc.
If they are afraid of a certain person, this is something to be explored in depth! Your loved one should never have to worry about elder abuse, so don’t brush them off by thinking it’s nothing. Investigate.
Replace Negative Thinking with Positive Thinking
This is true for everyone – but equally as difficult for everyone, as well. It’s not always easy to think positively, but it’s necessary. As people age, it becomes even more critical. Do what you can to encourage your loved one to think in a more positive manner, particularly if they tend to dwell on things that are depressing or seemingly futile.
Do Volunteer Work
This does, of course, refer to your loved one, though you may wish to participate in volunteer work, as well. Maybe you could do it together. The point is that volunteer work can frequently give someone a sense of accomplishment and make them feel needed and more appreciated.
Set Small Goals
Everyone should have goals, no matter their age. There’s no sense setting lofty goals that can’t be accomplished. Set up small goals that are easily accomplished and will, therefore, help the individual in question feel better about themselves and life in general.
As long as your loved one starts out slowly and doesn’t exceed their capabilities, they should feel free to exercise. This should, in fact, be encouraged. Regular exercise can help increase flexibility, improve balance, and, therefore, lessen the risk of falls. What’s more, it can help someone feel better and generally happier because it releases specific hormones.
Building Self-Confidence at Conservatory At Keller Town Center
Through our vast array of retirement programs, your loved one can revel in an active and healthy lifestyle here at Conservatory At Keller Town Center. What’s more, the activities organized at our retirement community are geared toward building the self-confidence of our residents. Together with our incredible amenities, resort-style living at Conservatory At Keller Town Center can make your loved one’s life all the more fulfilling and enjoyable.