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World Senior Citizen Day 2023: 5 best ways to take care of the elder ones in family

This year, on World's Senior Citizen Day 2023, let’s make sure that we not only recognise the elderly but also take extra special care of them in our own families.

Edited By: India TV Lifestyle Desk New Delhi Published on: August 21, 2023 17:07 IST
World Senior Citizen Day 2023
Image Source : FREEPIK These are the 5 best ways to take care of the elder ones in the family.

World Senior Citizen Day 2023 is the perfect time to start thinking about how we can best take care of our elder family members. Every year, the world celebrates those who are ageing gracefully and honours their contributions to society. This year, let’s make sure that we not only recognise the elderly but also take extra special care of them in our own families. Here are five ways to make sure that the elder members of your family stay healthy and happy this World Senior Citizen Day 2023:

Connect with your elders: The best way to show your love and support for your elderly family members is by spending quality time with them. Try to make it a point to call them or visit them regularly, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Ask them how they are doing, what they have been up to, and what their thoughts and feelings are. Show your elders that you care about them by listening to their stories and experiences.

Respect their autonomy: Respect your elder family members’ independence and autonomy by allowing them to make their own decisions. Even if you don’t agree with some of their choices, it’s important to acknowledge their right to choose for themselves. Encourage them to continue doing activities they enjoy, such as gardening or reading, as long as it is safe for them.

Help around the house: Offer to help out around the house by doing some of the chores that may be difficult for your elderly family members. Examples may include mowing the lawn, cleaning bathrooms, taking out the garbage, or running errands. Your help will be greatly appreciated!

Stay informed: Keep yourself informed about any health issues that may be affecting your elderly family members and encourage them to get regular checkups and medical treatment when necessary. It’s also important to know about any medications they may be taking and any allergies they may have so that you can better take care of them when needed.

Practice patience: It’s easy to get frustrated when communicating with elderly family members, especially if their mental or physical health is declining. Remember to remain patient and understanding when talking or interacting with them. Don’t get frustrated if they forget things easily or if they take longer than usual to complete simple tasks. Showing patience will help your relationship with your elders remain strong and positive.

These five simple tips are sure to help you take good care of your elderly family members this World Senior Citizen Day 2023! Showing love, respect, and patience towards our elder family members is a great way to honour them and make sure they stay healthy and happy in their golden years.

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