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Talking With Parents About a Lifestyle Change (p. 2)
2. Maintenance – "Taking care of the home is simply too much.”
Whether or not there is someone available for maid service, lawn maintenance, food preparation, etc., the burden of managing these matters becomes overwhelming. Once again, the cumulative effect of dealing with everyday matters can pose an overwhelming anxiety for your loved one.
3. Dining – "It’s too much of a hassle to cook a decent meal just for myself and I don’t feel like going out.”
If this attitude is an occasional one, there is nothing to fear. When it becomes the norm, your family definitely needs to consider an alternative for your Mom. Poor nutrition is one of the leading causes of physical and psychological problems in aging adults.
4. Socialization – "I don’t have anything to do. My friends have all passed away. All I do is watch television. The kids live too far away.”
All of these are strong indications that your Mom needs to get socially involved. Her interaction with others is essential for her well being. A shut-in or reclusive mindset is a surefire prescription for disaster.
5. Exercise – "I never get any exercise. I am going to start walking or join a water aerobics class. I am always tired.”
Regardless of your particular situation, if your Mom is becoming sedentary, she is knocking years off of her life. Even if she is suffering from a chronic problem related to mobility or other skeletal functions, she can benefit from regular physical activity.