The Importance of Family for Elderly (6 Reasons Family is Important)

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Many elderly people place great value their family and they appreciate the support and assistance that they can receive from them. Family members often provide emotional support, help with day-to-day tasks, and much more.

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According to the 2010 National Survey of Family Growth, nearly half of all American adults (47%) say that it is very important for them to maintain strong family relationships. Additionally, more than two-thirds (68%) of Americans aged 18-34 say that it is very important for them to maintain strong family relationships.

This trend appears to be continuing into older age groups as well. A majority (57%) of Americans aged 55 and older say that it is very important for them to maintain strong family relationships.

There are many reasons why family is important to elderly people. Some of the benefits of having a close family are that they can provide support and assistance when needed, offer emotional support, and help with day-to-day tasks.

Here are six specific reasons why family is so important to elderly people:.

1. Family provides support and companionship for elderly loved ones.

Family provides support and companionship, which can be crucial for someone who is no longer able to do things on their own. Family members often take on a role of caretaker, helping to make sure that the elderly person is taken care of and has everything they need.

Additionally, family members often share memories and experiences with their elderly relatives, which can be a source of comfort and joy. Other forms of support that family can provide include emotional, social, and even financial support.

2. Family provides a sense of belonging and continuity.

One main reason that family is important for the elderly is that family provides a sense of belonging. Often, elderly people feel lost and alone when they are no longer living with their family. Having a family around to provide support and emotional care can help them to feel connected to the world again.

Family is a source of continuity and familiarity for elderly people. Many elderly people have memories and stories that they share with their family members that they don’t share with anyone else. This continuity can be comforting for elderly individuals. 

3. Family helps us to maintain our independence and become part of the community.

Elderly people who are part of a family often have more social support and are more likely to be able to stay in their homes longer. Having family around to provide occasional assistance when needed can help elderly people to maintain their independence.

Family also help keep older adults engaged in the community and can help them to feel part of the larger world around them. Family members take them to the grocery store, help them attend church, and other events. This social engagement can be important for keeping elderly people feeling connected to the world. 

4. Family provides a safe environment in which we can live and grow old together.

Studies have shown that family is instrumental in providing a safe environment for their aging loved ones because it is family that spend the most time in the elderly person’s environment.

Family can make sure their elderly loved ones feel safe by providing support during difficult times, monitoring their health, providing assistance when needed, and make sure their homes are safe. 

5. Family helps us to remember the good times and cope with the bad times.

In addition, family members are often there to provide memories and experiences that can be helpful in our lives. This is because family members are usually close to one another, which means they are more likely to share these memories, history, and experiences.

This is especially important for elderly people who may have difficulty retaining memories or experiencing life firsthand due to dementia or Alzheimer’s.

Families can also help elderly cope with the difficult times in their life by providing support and emotional care. When an elderly person loses a loved one, they may find that they need emotional support.

Family can provide this support by being there for the elderly person when they need it, and being willing to listen. Additionally, family members may be able to offer advice or guidance on how to deal with the loss and may even share the loss with the elderly person.

6. Family is a vital part of our lives as seniors, and should be considered an essential part of any care plan.

While family should be considered an essential part of any care plan, sometimes they are just a piece of the puzzle.

Family members can often provide support and assistance, but they are not always able to provide the level of care that an elderly person needs. Often they have their own families to take care of as well. Many families are already stretched thin and may not be able to take on the added responsibilities of caring for an elderly relative on a full time basis.

However, it’s important for family members to participate in the plan and help oversee it. They know better than anyone else what the senior’s needs are and can make sure they are taken care of by supervising caregivers, etc.

Conclusion

As we age, our family members become more important to us. Often, family is our most important relationship as we enter our elderly years.

They provide us with love and support which is crucial in our later years. Family members often take on a more caretaker role and can help us with everything from getting groceries to taking care of our needs around the house.

They are also there to listen when we need to talk and offer encouragement when we need it the most.

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Assistive Technology Professional

Scott Grant has spent more than 20 years serving seniors and the elderly in the home medical equipment industry. He has worked as a manufacturer's rep for the top medical equipment companies and a custom wheelchair specialist at a durable medical equipment (DME) provider in WV. He is father to 4 beautiful daughters and has three terrific grandkids. When not promoting better living for older adults, he enjoys outdoor activities including hiking and kayaking and early morning runs.

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