Self-esteem in the Elderly - Health Excelsior
Posted on April 7, 2015April 10, 2015 by Adnan Ali
Getting older is not easy, with insomnia, memory loss, hair loss and a plethora of problems, it gets hard to cope up with the process of ageing.
To add on to all this, we cannot ignore the fact that we live in the 21st Century,an age cluttered with busy work schedules, polluted environment and adulteration, which further makes it hard to age gracefully. We live in a world where there is an epidemic of low self-esteem, and getting older can be lonely and discouraging for some seniors.A study by the World Health Organisation suggest that low self-esteem may even lead to mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, sometimes with tragic results. Hence making it essential for us to understand and address this problem in every way possible.
So how do you boost the self-esteem of the elderly ??
Well, we have some tips on how to boost self-esteem for senior citizens, we hope that they prove to be helpful:-
• Try to catch the signs of low self-esteem early on. Feelings of sadness, loss of interest in hobbies, spending time with friends, not taking care of oneself and overall talk of despair are all signals that the individual could be suffering from low self-esteem
• It’s often difficult for seniors to get out of the house without assistance, and when they do get out it’s often because someone else needs to do errands.
• Most seniors aren’t as active as they once were, they may have fewer friendships, and it might be harder to feel good about their appearance. Seniors need to be surrounded by people who enjoy listening and talking with them.
• Encourage spending time with loved ones, especially grandchildren. Kids bring joy and memories of youthfulness. Old friends may also spark memories of a life filled with happy memories.
• Often, seniors have to part with an activity they love but can no longer comfortably or safety do. Suggest a new hobby like learning a new language, listening to audiobooks, painting, taking up yoga, or making easy crafts. A sense of purpose and accomplishment is vital to mental health.
• It is not rare for people to simply watch TV or take a nap when they have a spare moment. This is not necessarily the wrong thing to do, but it is important to maintain balance and create limits. Write a list of all the things you love to do and when you have free time, turn to it and try to mix and match.
• Meeting seniors their own age who are going through similar life experiences can provide your loved one with support you simply can’t offer. Sharing his or her experiences and listening to others will help your loved one feel a sense of belonging and connectedness to his or her peers.
• In a world where technology touches nearly every aspect of our lives, there is no reason your senior loved one can’t stay connected to family near or far. Skype, FaceTime, and Google (among others) all make it possible to video chat with loved ones who aren’t physically present. Help your loved one learn how to video chat and schedule face-to-face calls with grandchildren, siblings, or other relatives.
• Give confidence to take charge in their life, no matter how small.
As caregivers, it is our job to be compassionate and patient when dealing with issues of self-esteem or anxieties. If your loved one has any extreme sadness, please seek help from a medical professional immediately.
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