Home Care in Huntersville, NC
The power of positive thinking is amazing. There are many stories of people who have faced challenges, conquered fears, and done awesome things… all because they believed they could. And this power is not limited by age, or ability, or anything other than imagination.
It goes without saying that the happiest people don’t always have the best of everything, but what they do have is an appreciation for what they do have which makes them happy. Having ambition is a wonderful asset if it leads someone to take action to improve their circumstances, but not if it causes them to envy others around them instead of recognizing all they do have.
And the power of positivity is not only reflected in a person’s attitude, it can affect their relationships with others, their interest in the world, and their overall health. Happier people are easier to be around, and being around other people adds to happiness. It is kind of an endless cycle of positivity.
But some seniors are, by nature or habit, pessimistic. They see the glass as half empty, focus on all they can no longer do or enjoy, and make it difficult for their caregivers and family to please them since they are not pleased with themselves.
While their situation may be challenging, however, it is possible to work with them to find small sparks of positivity. And if they can get those happy embers burning, and keep adding to them little by little, soon enough, they will feel better. It does, after all, take more muscles to frown than it does to smile.
So when providing senior care for a loved one, regardless of their attitude, find small moments they can enjoy. It will take effort on the caregiver’s part to “notice” what brings a smile to their senior’s face or a twinkle to their eye. But there will be something. And whether that something is a memory, or a view, or a hobby or a meal, keep note of it. And make sure it gets brought up again. Ask questions. Let the senior explain what it is about that particular item, event, or memory made them happy. And listen carefully.
And then, share with them. Talk to them. Tell them that their happiness is meaningful to their care and that it is important that they maintain a positive focus. And since all the days won’t be wonderful, be patient.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Huntersville, NC, contact Caring at Heart today. Our staff will answer all of your questions about caring for an aging adult. Serving Charlotte, Statesville, Ballantyne, Mooresville, Huntersville, Matthews, Concord, Gastonia, Pineville and Indian Trail. CALL TODAY (704) 837-4564.