Think about a normal day in the life of a senior loved one. Ideally it includes a range of uplifting and enriching experiences: enjoying breakfast, participating in an entertaining pastime or interest, visiting with a relative or loved one, watching a favorite television show. Yet there’s a difference between positivity and purpose; and the importance of finding purpose after retirement is becoming more apparent, particularly in the life of older adults.
Viktor Frankl, world-renowned psychiatrist and survivor of the Holocaust, explains poignantly, “What matters is not the meaning in life in general, but rather the specific meaning of a person’s life at a given moment.”
For seniors whose identity happens to be concentrated around a profession and/or raising a family, and who now have reached retirement and fulfilled family commitments, it can be challenging to find fresh meaning and purpose. At CareWorks Health Services, we make it a top priority to help seniors determine their passions and funnel them into meaningful experiences, such as:
• Volunteering. For a loved one who loves little children, tutoring, reading to, or mentoring kids at an area school is a fantastic option. Others may care greatly about supporting veterans, and put together care packages of toiletries and snack food items to send overseas. And for animal lovers, bringing treats, blankets, and an affectionate heart to a pet shelter could be very rewarding.
• Learning. It is true: you are seldom too old to master something brand new. Check into your nearby community college, library, or senior center to discover classes or online programs of interest to your loved one.
• Helping at home. Well-meaning family caregivers often take over household tasks to relieve their senior loved ones from the responsibilities they have handled throughout their lifetime. However, this can have the adverse effect of leaving older adults feeling like they are no longer needed. Engage your senior loved one in work and tasks around the home that are within his / her skill level and interest, for example , assisting with preparing meals, folding laundry, organizing nuts and bolts in a toolbox, etc.
• Documenting family history. Providing the next generation with the unique family history and stories experienced firsthand is a treasure that only older adults can offer. Help a senior loved one document his / her lifetime legacy in a scrapbook, writing, or video recording, and then share with relatives.
And, turn to CareWorks Health Services for the individualized in-home support which helps seniors uncover satisfaction and purpose, while continuing to be secure and comfortable in the familiarity of home. We can provide transportation to stimulating and meaningful activities, help plan and implement ideas to accomplish right at home, or simply just take care of a number of the everyday tasks throughout the residence, including cleaning and cooking, allowing family to take pleasure from high quality time with one another. You can reach us any time at (949) 859-4700 to speak with our experts in senior care in Orange County.