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Why Is Self-esteem So Important for Your Aging Adult?

Senior Care in The Energy Corridor TX: Why Is Self-esteem So Important for Your Aging Adult?

Senior Care in The Energy Corridor TX: Why Is Self-esteem So Important for Your Aging Adult?

Your elderly family member’s mental health is just as important as her physical health and safety. That’s why International Boost Self-Esteem Month, which happens every February, can be so powerful. You can look for ways to help improve your aging adult’s self-esteem, which has incredible benefits for her and for you.

High Self-esteem Helps Her Set Goals

You probably already know how important goals are in your own life, but they’re just as important for your senior. She needs to be able to set a goal that means something to her and that she can strive for. This can keep her going when things get difficult. If she feels as if she can’t do it, your elderly family member may stop trying.

She Feels More in Control of Her Life

If you think about times in your life when your self-esteem has been a little low, you probably also felt as if your life was completely out of your control. Having senior care providers, for example, can make your elderly family member feel as if she’s not able to take care of herself. But if you phrase the situation properly, she can come to understand that they’re there as a backup for her so that she can stay more independent and in control for longer.

She’s Confident about Solving Problems

Having a high level of self-esteem allows your senior to feel as if she can handle anything that comes her way, no matter what it is. That type of mindset helps your senior to solve problems as they come her way instead of trying to ignore them or hope that they go away on their own.

Higher Self-esteem Helps Her Stay Positive

When your aging adult feels good, she also feels positive. Her life has meaning and she’s able to remember all of the good that’s going on around her. Positive thoughts and actions breed more of the same, so it’s far easier for your senior to stay positive about her life.

She Wants to Try New Things

As your senior’s self-esteem grows, she’s going to be more excited about trying new things. This might mean that she’s happy to try a new way of eating or exercise program her doctor suggested or simply that she wants to take up a new hobby. Regardless, having that fire of self-esteem going strong helps her to be more adventurous.

Keeping your senior’s self-esteem at a higher level is about supporting her and giving her the tools that she needs to experience positive results. Periodically review the tools she has and the tools she might need so that you can anticipate making changes more readily.

If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in The Energy Corridor, TX, please call the caring staff at At Your Side Home Care. We will answer all of your senior care questions. Call today: (832) 271-1600.

Donna Wrabel, LMSW

For most of us, the word "home" evokes warm feelings of comfort, security and well-being. For older adults, home also means holding tight to cherished memories and maintaining self-esteem and independence. When illness, injury or age make life a little more challenging, remaining at home in a comfortable, familiar environment encourages recovery and enhances the quality of life. Home can be defined as a private residence, an independent or assisted living facility or even a short term stay in the hospital, we recognize the additional benefits provided by a personal, professional assistant.

Our Certified Nurse Aides, 24-Hour Live-in Assistants and Home Health Aides are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We also provide the security and confidence of 24-hour Telephone Assistance, so fast, reliable help is always available when it's needed. To learn more about our homecare services see our homecare services page.

Different people need different levels of homecare. To meet the requirements of our clients, At Your Side Homecare maintains consistent staffing levels of caring professionals. Homecare service is available for as little as a few hours a week, or as many as 24 hours a day, seven days a week