As your parents begin to age, you may become increasingly concerned for their independence. If they seem disoriented when walking or stop eating regularly, this could be a telltale sign of health decline and require assistance from family or a caretaker.
At times, it can be distressing to watch our aging parents decline and sometimes refuse to admit it. Negative stereotypes about aging only add further distress – for instance, an aging father who once did repairs around the house or hosted great dinner parties may now complain about his health, blame others for their behavior, or act paranoid. This may create tension between adult children and their aging parent(s).
Some aging adults worry that being a burden to their loved ones or feeling taken advantage of is becoming an increasing worry for them. Working together to devise a plan with them regarding covering monthly expenses can give them peace of mind while relieving anxiety. You could prioritize necessary expenses like food and housing while including savings accounts as an emergency fund in their budgets for unexpected costs.
Foods rich in essential nutrients such as fresh fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins should also be part of the senior’s diet. Fruits and vegetables contain antioxidants which support heart health while protein serves as the building block for bones, muscles, cartilage, enzymes and hormones as well as being part of everyday enzyme production and hormone release. Dairy products such as milk or yogurt provide calcium and vitamin D; however if digestion issues prevent seniors from enjoying these benefits they should consider non-dairy alternatives instead for similar results.