How to Build Self-Confidence in the Elderly

By David Parks, 9:00 am on January 19, 2017

Older adults commonly experience alterations in general health, social activities and family roles, which may all affect their self-esteem. A loss of a spouse or friends as one gets older may leave an older loved one feeling more vulnerable and alone. They may no longer feel needed or wanted. However, there are many strategies that Fort Worth, TX, senior care professionals recommend to bolster an older adult’s self-worth. 

Show Respect

Regardless of whether an elderly loved one is diagnosed with dementia, physical incapacity or bowel and bladder issues, the senior continues to deserve respect. Refrain from saying anything offensive or hurtful. Do not treat seniors like children. Instead, display compassion, concern and understanding for seniors. 

Love Them

Make a point of making your loved one feel special. Commemorate him or her on special occasions and holidays. Reassure your loved one with genuine affection and caring. If a senior reaches a point in his or her life when he or she can no longer care for him or herself, do not make your loved one feel like a burden. 

Listen

Value the opinion or your older loved one. Listen to the viewpoint he or she takes, and let him or her know that what he or she says is important. Allow your loved one to feel confident enough to freely express his or her problems or difficulties to you. 

Submit to Advice

Discuss your own difficult times or problems with an elderly family member. Encourage him or her to provide a little advice. Listen to your loved one’s words of wisdom and exhibit enough respect to implement his or her suggestions. 

Make Time

Make a point of spending time with a senior family member. This helps your loved one feel like a vital part of the family and your life. Not unlike spending quality time with a spouse or children, healthy relationships require attention from time to time. Quality time spent with an older adult creates a solid foundation toward building self-confidence, self-esteem and self-respect. 

With help from Home Care Assistance, seniors are given the tools to boost emotional wellbeing and self-esteem. Call (817) 349-7599 today to learn about our highly trained stroke, dementia and Alzheimer’s caregivers in Fort Worth and how they work around your loved one’s schedule to accomplish this task. Meet with an experienced Care Manager when you call.