As seniors continue to age and progress through the next stage of their lifetimes, they may begin to lose sight of their purpose or relevance, either in their own lives or in the lives of those around them. As a caregiver, it is your job to help your senior maintain a sense of purpose by providing them with multiple outlets and opportunities for creativity, socializing, and productivity. Our list will get you started, but you can always adjust the ideas to suit your specific situation and needs.
If your senior is a creative soul, encourage them to take up writing a journal or memoir. Seniors have incredible stories and wisdom to pass on, and knowing that they are providing valuable knowledge to the younger generations may help them in realizing that they are still relevant and needed. Having them write down stories from their life is also a great way to reminisce.
Aside from being a great way to pass the time, producing artwork and crafting is an excellent way for seniors to make gifts for their friends and loved ones. On the chance that they are entrepreneurial, you could assist them with selling their wares locally or through web-based market platforms.
If your senior is of healthy mind, body, and spirit, and they are looking to maintain purpose in their lives, a part-time job might be in order. Libraries and grocery stores are very good options to start with, as they often hold out positions for seniors who are looking for part-time work, but if your senior happens to hold a degree and enjoys children, you could also bring up the possibility of a substitute teaching position.
Seniors who reside in assisted living residences are often presented with the opportunity to participate in various activities throughout the facility as they wish. If your senior has an interest in a particular activity, such as a book club, you can work with their facility to start one up. Alternatively, if you work one on one with the senior in their own home, you can use their own personal contacts to establish a club locally. Being social can help seniors avoid isolation and gain a new sense of purpose and belonging.
Don't be afraid to strike up a conversation with the senior in your life about what their particular interests are, and what they would like to accomplish to build or maintain their personal purpose. If you have any further questions or comments on this or any other topics related to making sure your senior obtains the best quality of life possible, please contact us.