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Biggest fear in the elderly community? Loss of independence

May, 2013

As one gets older you would image the immediate fears facing those in their later years would be loss of mobility, sight, hearing, even death… But studies from around the world, including the UK, USA and Canada all show the same prime fear: loss of independence.

If you are providing care for elderly people this may not come as a surprise however those that are venturing into the role and responsibility of a sandwich generation carer need to be aware of the concerns their elderly relative, or friend, may have.

Doctors say it is not uncommon for seniors to want to maintain independence. In most cases to maintain independence means to be able to make meals, get dressed, and perform other simple, daily tasks without requiring assistance.

Psychologists say one of the biggest problems with aging is not being able to maintain independence; even arguing that it can lead to depression. The sad reality is in many cases the elderly person loses their will to live. Therapists say maintaining youth in your senior years gives them encouragement to not only go on, but try new things.

Elderly care information shows there are ways you can prepare the elderly to be independent. Advice for the elderly would be studies show that both physical exercise and mental stimulation is helpful. The physical exercise doesn’t have to be rigorous; it can be movement in a gentle manner – why not check out some of easy exercises for the elderly here. As for exercising the mind, it can be as simple as reading or listening to a record.

If your loved one harbours deeper concerns then the best thing to do is talk them over with their GP.

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