Ways to Treat the Elderly

Health and Wellness - Aging
By: clewand550    
09-Apr-2011

Introduction:Everyone needs help once in a while but especially the elderly. So many elderly are in a nursing home with no family or friends that stop in to visit with them. So many elderly adults have health problems and need some extra love and extra family to help them with their pain, health problems, dispersing the proper medication or even just someone to be there to make them smile and someone to talk to. Try adopting an elderly person as a family member and give them some extra time. This will go a long ways for most elderly people.

  • 01

    Love

    The elderly need extra love. Be sure to treat them with the love that they deserve and want. Let them know that you love them. Help them out by expressing your love towards them by helping them deal with their pain or health problems. So many elderly people have dementia and are depressed. The pain, dementia, depression are all real symptoms that their body might not be able to handle. Give the elderly an extra boost and show them that you love and care for them by being there for them.

  • 02

    Respect

    Respect the elderly always. You remember when we were growing up and our parents always taught us to respect our elders. The elderly are older adults as we all know, give them respect. Treat them like an older adult and treat them with respect as we were all taught when we were growing up. Teach your children and other children to always treat the elder or older adults with respect. Sometimes it's hard when we see them with dementia or with health problems or having depression but this is especially the time to respect the elderly. Sometimes it doesn't seem like the elderly know what's going on but they do. The elderly know when they are and are not being treated with respect and when they are or are not being treated properly, give them that extra boost in life and cheer them up when they are depressed or in pain by respecting them as a person. Treat them as an older adults should be treated.

  • 03

    Helping Hand

    Give the elderly an extra helping hand. Help them out by taking them shopping or even shopping for them. Help the elderly out by helping them with their medication and perhaps scheduling any doctor appointments that they may need. The elderly are usually on so many different types of medications that sometimes they get confused as to what they need to take. Give them an extra helping hand by helping them with any medications that they need to be taking. Be sure that they have enough medication and if they don't give them a helping hand by picking it up for them or driving them to the pharmacy to pick up any medications that they need. So many elderly have arthritis. Some have mild cases of arthritis and some are more severe. Either way, it's hard for some elderly to do things with their hands because of the arthritis they have in their hands. Help them out with the the things they can't do because of the arthritis they are having. Help them by cleaning the house or if they are a patient in a nursing home, help them by playing games with them. If they have dementia help them gently by reminding them every day about their family or about their past. Help them by keeping a diary for them so that they can re-read what they have done. This is very important for them. Just like all of us, they don't like forgetting things. It does get depressing if we forget things in our past. Help them out in any way you can.

  • 04

    Spend Time

    Spend time with the elderly as often as you can. If they are part of your family, treat them like family and do as much as possible with them. We all know that life is so short and you never know what is going to happen the next day. Spend time taking them to see other family members or bring family members to them. If they don't have family, be their family and spend time with them as much as possible. Spend some time researching their symptoms so that you know how and what to do with them to make them feel more comfortable.

  • 05

    Patience

    Sometimes it can be difficult or challenging to have the right amount of patience with the elderly. Sometimes you can't hear them or they can't hear you because of their hearing loss but have the patience they deserve and take the time to calmly repeat anything they can't hear. Have the patience to listen to them. Be patient with them if they are in pain or can't remember what they said or are supposed to do. Have the patience with them to help them if they are suffering from dementia or if they are having any other health issues. Have the patience to make them smile, cheer them up or anything else that will help them enjoy life like they should.




Final Thoughts

Always remember to be nice to everyone no matter what their age is. No matter what their health issues are treat them with respect, love, and patience. Give them an extra helping hand and spend as much time with them as possible. Be there and help them with any pain they may be having. It isn't fun getting older and it isn't fun being in pain or having dementia or arthritis that is so severe that is hard to do things on your own. Help people from getting depressed. It isn't fun having any kind of depression. Show the elderly and everyone of all ages that they are God's child and that we love them.


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