Seniors who feel unappreciated or like they have little to offer others may be experiencing feelings of low self-esteem, but there are ways to promote a positive self-image. Here are 5 strategies the staff at Home Care Assistance Placer County has come up with to help your elderly loved one rebuild and maintain self-esteem.
1. Ask for Advice
Mistakes from the past can become something your loved one looks back on with a sense of loss and regret. When you ask your loved one for advice about how to face your own similar challenges, it can create respect and contextualize his or her past as something valuable.
2. Go Out Together
By taking your loved one somewhere fun and socializing with other people, you can show you are proud to be seen with him or her and eager to expand your relationship.
3. Find Ways to Help Others
Helping other people can boost self-esteem. Consider taking your loved one to an event like a community trash pick-up. If bending down to help pick up trash is a challenge, volunteer with him or her to hand out water or trash bags.
4. Set Goals
As seniors age, they can experience a reduction in the rewards received for their efforts. This can lead to frustration and feelings of worthlessness. Try helping your loved one set realistic daily, weekly, and monthly goals. Write the goals down, make sure to celebrate the goals that are achieved, and have a sense of humor about the ones that may fall short.
5. Try Something New
Start a conversation about things your loved one has never accomplished, reviewing failures and regrets. If there issomething he or she hasn’t tried, but seems like it might be doable, take onthe challenge. Trying new things can create new neural pathways in the brain and help your loved one feel more confident and self-assured.
Finding ways for your loved one to maintain a positive self-image is important, as low self-esteem can lead to depression, but you may not always be available to provide the necessary care and companionship. APlacer County part-time caregiver from Home Care Assistance can be available any hour of the day to offer companionship and emotional support that promotes your loved one’s self-worth.All of our care services include the use of our holistic Balanced Care Method, which helps promote senior mental and emotional health. Call one of our Care Managers today at 916.226.3737 to schedule a free in-home consultation.