As with any life-changing event, retirement requires ongoing emotional adjustment. Unlike marriage or divorce, retirement is one of the most neglected events in terms of support. For those working away at the daily grind, the idea of being able to sleep in and spend the day doing what you please can seem like an idyllic vision. The reality of retirement can be much more difficult than many might expect. It is important that you support your loved ones to help them have the happiest and healthiest retired life possible.
If your loved one has recently entered retirement, one of the best ways that you can support them is to help them find new meaning in their lives. For most working adults, their sense of purpose is gained either from their work or from their family life. Many retirees find themselves, often for the first time, having to find a sense of purpose completely independent to a job or social network. Offering regular support and contact is a simple way of supporting a loved one to redefine themselves in this new phase of their life. If your loved one is finding it difficult to engage with activities, you can help them by suggesting pastimes you think your loved one might find meaningful and enjoyable.
Finding the Best Living Situation
There are many reasons why retirees and seniors choose to live in supported communities. Many older people live in senior communities because they require assisted living or specific health care support. Other seniors choose to live in independent living communities. These individuals are able to and wish to live on their own but enjoy the social aspect of living within a like-minded community. Whatever the reason might be, there are many ways you can help your loved one to find the best living situation for their needs. The first step in supporting a senior to find their ideal living situation is to help them identify their needs. Premier Senior Communities has a checklist for those caring for their aging parents and other information regarding how to find the right care community for your loved one.
Helping Your Loved One Stay Safe
Scams are all too common nowadays and it is an unfortunate fact that many scams specifically target the elderly. If you have an elderly relative, you should try to educate them to ensure that they are less vulnerable to fraud and technology-based scams. Talk to your loved ones about phone calls, phishing emails, lottery, medical and insurance scams to ensure they are able to stay safe within their own homes.
It is important to remember just how valuable talking to a loved one can be. Even if it is just a phone call, it is always good to check in on your loved one regularly to help them feel supported and connected. Technology means that no matter how far you might be from your relatives you can use social networking platforms and computer programs to help seniors to stay connected to their family and the outside world.