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6 Ways Older Adults Can Make Their Lives Simple

By Debbie Waddell, 10:30 am on

Living a simpler lifestyle can be a great way to de-stress during the retirement years, but many seniors find it difficult to simplify their lives. Encourage your senior loved one to use these six tips to make his or her life less complicated and overwhelming.

1. Learn That It’s Okay to Say No

Being too accommodating can lead to a lot of unnecessary complications in life, and seniors can end up stuck in situations and events that do not add any positivity to their lives. Your loved one can decline invitations or charity requests that will negatively affect him or her by just politely saying “No, thank you” or “Sorry, but I will be busy then.”

Professional caregivers can offer assistance with daily tasks and help seniors simplify their lives. If you have a senior loved one who needs help maintaining a high quality of life while aging in place, reach out to Home Care Assistance, an in-home care provider Placer County families can rely on. All of our caregivers are bonded, licensed, and insured, there are no hidden fees, and we never ask our clients to sign long-term contracts.  

2. Get Rid of Unused Objects

It may be tempting to hold onto certain things just in case there might be a use for them later, but this mindset can lead to mountains of clutter. Whenever possible, your loved one should sell or give away items that have not been used in a year. If this activity is too stressful, your loved one can try storing the objects in a closet for a year, and then get rid of them if they are not used during this extra period.

3. Take Time Away from Technology

Spending hours watching television or playing games can consume all the time in the day, making your loved one feel like he or she does not have enough time to accomplish necessary tasks. Seniors often benefit from making a commitment to use technology for only a few hours a day. Your loved one can stay away from unnecessary drama by not checking his or her social media every five minutes.

4. Organize Finances

Simplifying a financial situation is just as important as simplifying possessions and social obligations. Consider hiring an accountant who can help your loved one sort through all the retirement accounts, social security benefits, debts, and savings he or she accrued. Taking the time to organize finances can simplify your loved one’s life and save time in the long run.

5. Put Objects Away Immediately

Keeping personal areas clean and tidy may seem like a difficult task when clutter is piled up everywhere. Your loved one can stay on top of this issue by designating a place for everything in the home and then putting the objects there when not in use. Not only does this reduce clutter, but it also makes it easier to remember where important items like reading glasses are. 

Professional caregivers can assist seniors with decluttering and managing other daily tasks. If your senior loved one needs hourly or live-in care, Placer County Home Care Assistance can help. Our caregivers can assist with exercise and mobility, prepare nutritious meals, provide timely medication reminders, and help with a wide array of other important daily tasks.

6. Plan Meals

Making a plan for each meal reduces clutter because your loved one can buy exactly what he or she needs instead of having a pantry filled with random items. Preparing a meal plan also allows your loved one to avoid the mental stress of having to wonder what he or she will eat each day. If your loved one is not used to meal planning, he or she can meet with a dietitian to work on a senior-friendly meal plan.

Encourage your loved one to prepare healthy and nutritious meals. If your aging loved one needs occasional help with bathing, grooming, cooking, or other basic household tasks, or if you need time to attend to important personal matters, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of live-in and respite care. Placer County seniors can maintain their independence while living at home with the help of our reliable respite caregivers. To learn about our high-quality senior care plans, get in touch with one of our professional Care Managers at 916.226.3737 today.

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