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Why Is Goal-Setting Important for Elderly Adults?

By Vicki and Brian Day

The new year is upon us and for many people that means a time of setting goals and making resolutions. As a family caregiver, the concept of goal setting can be important part of making sure that you are aging loved one gets the care that they need and is also able to live the quality of life and lifestyle that they desire and deserve. There's a common misconception that setting goals is just for younger people, or for those who are pursuing major aspirations. The truth is that setting goals is something that all people should do as a way of making the most out of life. Encouraging your parent to not only set goals in their lives, but also to pursue them, is a fantastic way to help them to pursue and maintain High mental emotional health, physical well-being, and fulfillment as they age in place.

Some reasons that setting goals are important for elderly adults include:

  • Goals encourage your parent to continue finding things in their life that interest and excite them. Whether the goal is to lose weight, to learn a new language, or to achieve something new in their favorite hobby, when they set that goal, they have something to reach for and a means of discovering new aspects of themselves and the world around them.
  • Goals help to motivate your parents and keep them working towards something, even if that is just their best possible health and well-being. When they have a goal, they are able to see when they have accomplished and aspect of that goal. This gives them a sense of achievement and helps to keep them moving forward.
  • Goals are a way to take an aspiration or a dream that seems completely unattainable and break it down into smaller, more accessible chunks so that it seems possible. If your parent is always wanted to accomplish something, or they are given a major goal by their doctor such as losing a large amount of weight or getting more active on a regular basis, they might feel as though it is too big of a dream or aspiration and that they are not able to do it. If they have smaller goals, however, it is easier for them to work toward those steps, enjoy the sense of accomplishment that comes when they get them, and then move forward with the next goal.

If you have been looking for ways to enhance your aging parents quality of life as they age in place, starting elder care for them may be the ideal solution. An elderly home care services provider can create a highly personalized approach to your parents care that includes services specifically tailored toward their individual challenges, needs, and limitations. These services are designed to not only help your parent to manage their needs in the way that is right for them, but also to support a lifestyle focused on mental, emotional, and physical health, independence and autonomy, and fulfillment. These services can include everything from safe and reliable transportation, to companionship, to assistance with personal care needs and activities of daily life.