5 ways to brighten the day of a senior Australian

We all have those days. You know, the days where it just feels like you’ve woken up on the wrong side of bed, and the chaos of life is getting the better of you. Although we may have strategies for coping with feeling down or frustrated, it can be difficult for others, especially older Australians who may be experiencing feelings of isolation or depression.

Now think of a senior Australian you may know- how do they shake off the bad days and see things a little brighter? It is estimated that depression occurs in 1 in 10 older people, with many older people avoiding seeking help as they see it as a personal weakness rather than a medical condition.

If you’ve got a loved one in need of some cheering up, here’s some tips to show them the love and support they may need to brighten their day:

  • Talk to them. Simply picking up the phone and checking in can be an easy way of showing a loved one you are thinking of them. Or, if you live nearby, drop by for a chat – your loved one will feel valued and appreciate you taking the time to see you them.
  • Send them a card. A really nice way of showing someone you are thinking of them is to send them a handwritten letter or card.
  • Share a memory. By sharing a favourite memory, your loved one will appreciate knowing the positive impact they have had on your life. It’s also a great way to show your gratitude by sharing with a loved one the life lessons they have taught you.
  • Bake with them. There are many benefits of baking with older people, including reducing stress, stimulating appetite, and creating connection. Collaborating with a loved one in the kitchen has also been found to improve mental well-being.
  • Compliment them. Let your loved one know that you notice them by offering a compliment. It can be as simple as complimenting them on what they are wearing, their clothing, or even how lovely their home is looking.

If you’re looking for support in caring for your loved one, the team at Senior Helpers can assist. Simply contact us to find out more about our in-home care services.

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