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How Aging Adults Can Simplify Their Lives

By Erik Gans, 9:00 am on

Creating a simple life can be liberating and empowering for seniors. By eliminating unnecessary commitments, seniors can have more freedom to engage in pursuits that add joy and meaning to their lives. The following are a few steps seniors can take to simplify their lives. 

Consider Downsizing

Moving to a smaller house, condominium, or apartment can ease financial worries by reducing the amount spent on a mortgage, property taxes, and utilities. A smaller residence is easier to clean and maintain, which means more free time for enjoyable activities. Many retirement communities offer affordable housing options for active, independent seniors. These communities offer free or low-cost activities, and the homes are also typically designed with the potential physical and mobility needs of seniors in mind. 

Seniors living with limited mobility often require assistance with day-to-day activities to age in the comfort of their homes. Living alone at home in the golden years can present a few unique challenges. Trust in Milford home care professionals to help your senior loved one maintain a higher quality of life while he or she manages an illness and performs the daily tasks of living.

Eliminate Clutter

Purging closets and drawers of unused items can reduce stress by making it easier to find important items. The best approach is to tackle one room, closet, or drawer at a time by sorting items into three piles designated as keep, donate, and discard. It is important to be honest when it comes to determining an item’s sentimental value. If an item has not been used in the past year, it is probably safe to let it go. To keep more clutter from accumulating, your loved one can try to discard or donate one item for every new item purchased.

Decluttering can be an emotionally overwhelming experience for some aging adults. If your senior loved one requires assistance and encouragement, consider hiring a compassionate live-in caregiver. For many seniors in Milford, CT, live-in care is an essential component of aging in place safely and comfortably. However, it’s important for them to have caregivers they can trust and rely on. At Home Care Assistance, we extensively screen all of our live-in and 24-hour caregivers and only hire those who have experience in the senior home care industry. Our strict requirements ensure seniors can remain in the comfort of home with a reduced risk of injury or serious illness.

Unplug Electronics for a Night

The noise created by smart phones, television, computers, and other electronics can keep seniors from connecting with those around them. Encourage your loved one to avoid digital distractions at least once a week by intentionally disconnecting from all electronic devices. He or she can use this opportunity to connect with loved ones, go for a leisurely walk, or spend the evening engrossed in a good book. 

Evaluate Household Expenses

The concept of downsizing and decluttering can also be applied to monthly household expenses, which can reduce financial worries and free up some money that can be directed toward vacations or other joyful experiences. Some creative ways to reduce monthly expenses include:

  • Switching to a smaller cable TV package or cutting the cord and opting for Roku, Chromecast, or Apple TV, which offer free and/or low-cost streaming subscriptions
  • Opting for prepaid or a reduced cellular service package
  • Reducing food waste and multiple trips to the grocery store by enrolling in a meal service that delivers fresh, perfectly portioned ingredients for a home-cooked meal

Encourage your elderly loved one to make his or her life less overwhelming, and consider taking your own advice. Caring for a senior loved one can be rewarding, but it can also be overwhelming for family caregivers who have other responsibilities they need to focus on. For these families, the perfect solution is respite care. Milford families rely on our caregivers whenever they need time to rest, work, run errands, and even go on vacation. If your loved one needs assistance with daily activities, call Home Care Assistance at (203) 955-1915 today.

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