For all of us, 2020 has been a difficult year in many ways as we have to cope with the continuing global pandemic. This is especially true for our aging population, who not only are more susceptible to contracting COVID-19 but are also forced to self-quarantine more often as a result. These extended periods of isolation, coupled with typical day-to-day struggles and life during a pandemic, can take a toll on anyone’s mental health. In mid-July alone it was reported that 53% of adults in the United States felt their mental health had been negatively impacted as a result of COVID-19.
So, as we continue to ensure our aging loved ones are staying physically healthy during this time, let’s also remember the importance of remaining mentally healthy and simple steps we can take to improve it.
During the pandemic, the problem of isolation has been worsened due to the need to stay safe and self-isolate. Making time for phone calls, an outside visit, or being mindful to wear masks during socially- distanced in-person visits can make a truly great impact of the life of your loved one. Don’t forget that social media and video chats can help your loved one stay connected with family, friends, groups and church. Healthy and safe socialization and engaging conversation can be exactly what someone needs to stay mentally fit.
Exercise and Diet
Exercise has been proven to not only alleviate stress, but it can be an enormous help to calm anxiety and improve symptoms of depression. But for those who have difficulty moving on their own, it can be challenging to get started, potentially even dangerous. Having someone with your loved ones who can help not only motivates them to stay physically fit but can ensure their safety as well. This - along with regularly prepared healthy meals - not only ensures a proper diet but also alleviates the stress that preparing meals alone can bring.
Staying mentally fit is just as important as exercise for successful aging. Are puzzles and card games enough? If those puzzles and games are online where players can compete against others, they just might be. When someone is having fun, there isn’t room for loneliness or worry.
Doing day-to-day tasks can be a significant challenge to those who are growing older and wanting to remain at home. The burden of cleaning, cooking, remembering to take medication, and even travel are all things that can worsen one’s mental well-being if it is a considerable challenge to do any of these tasks. Offering assistance, or arranging for in-home care as needed, will certainly be appreciated.
Taking the Steps
We know that in the year 2020, mental health is on everyone’s mind. If any of these problems seem to be a challenge to your aging loved one, it’s time to consider a Caregiver or solution from Home Helpers Home Care.
Our Exceptional Caregivers are trained to provide mentally stimulating companionship, assistance with medication, keeping the home tidy and clean and help make life easier. Our Caregivers can also help setup up video chats, log on to social media and online games. All of this while taking necessary precautions to be safe during the global pandemic. If a Caregiver can’t be there physically, then services like Wellness Calls, wearable technology, and meal delivery can step in to take the worry away from you and your family.
If a Home Helpers in-home care solution is right for your family, find a location near you and learn how a personalized care plan can be the solution you’ve been looking for. Or call 1-800-990-9750.