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Helping an Elder Overcome Grief

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Overcoming grief is a common challenge encountered by senior adults who may struggle with adjusting to the multiple life changes that occur during the golden years. The loss of a loved one, a new health diagnosis or a lack of independence can all contribute to feelings of grief. While everyone has their own way of handling loss, there are many things that can be done to help an elder overcome grief so that they can better cope with the changes in their life.

Acknowledge the Loss

At Home Care Assistance of Omaha, we understand that when a senior adult loses someone they love or struggles with changing abilities, it can be hard to know what to say. However, acknowledging the loss can provide a senior adult with the understanding they need to begin dealing with painful emotions. Once a senior begins to accept the change in their life, then they will be in a better position to take steps to move past their grief.

Encourage New Interests

Senior adults who struggle with grief may begin to isolate themselves which can contribute to deeper depression. Try to encourage the senior to explore new interests that can help to renew their outlook on life. Those who have lost a loved one may find that a new hobby or social group can allow them to reconnect with their passions. Seniors who have lost some of their abilities may also discover new ways to continue their past interests with the help of assistance so that they can regain their sense of self.

Provide Companionship and Support

Anytime a senior is coping with grief, it is important to remember that simply being available can make a world of difference. Try to make sure the senior has a companion available to stop by and visit each day. Click here for more information about companions and caregivers for seniors in Omaha. Even a simple phone call to check in can help them to know they are not alone. By being involved in the senior’s life, it is possible to help them to overcome their grief so that they can maintain their health and well-being.

If your aging parent or loved one is struggling to cope with life changes, consider help from a professional home care agency like Home Care Assistance. Our highly trained and compassionate caregivers are available 24/7 and we also offer specialty stroke, Parkinson’s, dementia and Alzheimer’s care in Omaha. To learn more about our flexible care schedules, don’t hesitate to reach out to a Care Manager today at 402-763-9140 and schedule a complimentary in-home consultation.

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