Home Care in Avondale AZ
Many anticipate the arrival of their retirement only to find that the vision they held does not live up to the reality. Time may have left them with loss of mobility, whether in the form of arthritis, injuries, chronic illnesses, or cognitive decline. Vision loss or hearing impairment may leave them prone to staying at home. A sense of loss from leaving the social network provided at work or a home that has grown quiet may create an emotional environment that leads them prone to isolation and melancholy.
Helping your loved one to see the possibilities will stir the embers of hope and can, in many cases, create a new beginning. They may not be cruising around the Mediterranean, but once they become engaged, the social interaction will lead to a feeling of involvement and connection that no cruise can rival.
Learning a new, mentally demanding skill, not only brings joy and excitement, it improves cognitive function as well. A study conducted at the University of Texas at Dallas revealed that those adults who had been engaged in learning a new skill for the course of three months showed improvements in memory compared to those who performed familiar tasks such as crosswords. “It is important to get out and do something that is unfamiliar and mentally challenging, and that provides broad stimulation mentally and socially,” according to lead researcher, Denise Park.
If your parent is uncertain what new activity to undertake, share some possibilities by digging into the past. Did they consider a career as a photographer at one time? Sign them up for a photography class. Have they always wanted to learn the art of quilting or weaving? Look into classes at the local senior community center or art center.
If they considered volunteering in the past but never got around to it due to the time constraints of raising a family and working, now is the time. There are unlimited possibilities, from your local non-profit organizations such as the local animal shelter, to national organizations designed to match seniors with volunteer opportunities. Senior Corps connects seniors to organizations that need them and helps them “become mentors, coaches or companions to people in need, or contribute their job skills and expertise to community projects and organizations.” Volunteer Match offers local opportunities posted by non-profit organizations. “The best antidote I know for worry is work. The best cure for weariness is the challenge of helping someone who is even more tired. One of the great ironies of life is this: He or she who serves almost always benefits more than he or she who is served.”—Gordon B. Hinckley
If you find it difficult to fit in all the new activities your loved one may become involved with, an in-home care provider can assist. They can provide transportation and accompany your parent to initial classes or volunteer meetings if they should feel uncomfortable. Home care providers can assist with the daily activities of living so that you have more time to sit back and enjoy your parent or take that painting class with them.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Avondale, AZ, contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands Home Care at (480) 725-7002.