If you want to do good, there are opportunities everywhere. One particular area where you can do a lot of good is helping the elderly. Helping them goes a long way in making them live a comfortable, positive, and healthy life. It makes them feel appreciated and cared for which helps them have a positive outlook in life.
If you live with your grandparents or an elderly citizen, you know how what we mean. Our seniors ooze wisdom, tenderness, and love. If there’s any way to repay them for offering endless life hacks, it’s helping them when we can.
Research suggests that anxiety rises with age which emphasizes the importance of physical and mental care as people age. Besides this, people’s psyche, physical prowess, and behavioral tendencies change as they age. They tend to naturally become very unstable. As a result, most elderly citizens require more help and care during this phase of life.
This article is part of my “Importance of Elders” series that features 50+ articles on keeping seniors and the elderly happy and healthy so that we can have them in our lives longer. See the entire series here.
5 Reasons Why it is Important to Help the Elderly
Here are some important reasons you should help the elderly people in your life:
1. Older People are More Prone to Illnesses
Unfortunately, as our grandmas and grandpas age, their immunity becomes weaker. As a result, the elderly are more vulnerable to disease. This means that if they are not properly cared for, they may develop high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, arthritis, and many other complications.
Helping your grandma or grandpa goes a long way in making their lives easier. They will not have to deal with anxiety or unnecessary stress which will help them avoid many stress-related illnesses. That said, always look for a way to make the elderly people around you more comfortable.
2. They are Family and We Owe Them
Most of the elderly citizens you see around are probably your relatives and loved ones. Since charity begins at home, we must always focus on helping these loved ones first before helping the strangers. After all, they have been there for us at one point or another.
In most families, grandpas and grandmas played a vital role in raising their kids as well as grandkids. Therefore, when they age and need help, it is your time to return the favor. Besides, there is no greater honor than taking care of someone who once took care of you!
3. Helping Them Makes Them Look Forward to the Future
Giving your senior loved ones a sense of direction and purpose is an important part of delivering adequate care. Helping them in simple ways makes them look forward to seeing the days ahead of them instead of being overwhelmed with anxiety or uncertainty. A simple act of kindness is enough to relieve their worries and fill their life with serenity and joy.
4. It Gives Them a Sense of Belonging
As loved ones age, they may start to feel alienated especially with all the modern trends that are hard to keep up with. However, helping them cope and live comfortably makes them feel valued. Consequently, you will cultivate a sense of belonging in them by making them feel like a part of the family and society at large. With this comfort comes peace, good health, and long life.
5. They Deserve Comfort like Everyone Else
No one wants their grandma or grandpa to be hurting or in agony. This is because, like every other human, they deserve peace, comfort, and good quality of life. If you cannot afford to pay for a professional caregiver, there is so much you can still do to make their lives better.
Elderly citizens must receive the emotional and physical help they require at this stage of life. Even simple acts of care like setting prescription reminders and helping them take a shower can go a long way.
Quick Tips on How to Help the Elderly and Make Their Lives Better
Create a Better Society by Helping the Elderly
There is no end to the list of things you can do to help your loved ones. Therefore, let’s all take the initiative to help our elderly relatives and make them smile every day.
However, even as you offer assistance, give them space to do things for themselves as long as they are capable and comfortable. More importantly, before you help them, consult them first to see if they are comfortable receiving the help. After all, you do not want to overstep or make them feel incapacitated!