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Helping an Aging Loved One Cope with Retirement

By Lauren Robinson, 7:00 pm on

For some seniors, retirement is a joyful and exciting transition into one’s golden years, while for others it is a stressful time, filled with unknown. If your aging parent or loved one is struggling with retirement, there are many ways you can provide assistance and support, helping them to be more comfortable in their new role. If your elderly loved one is in need of companionship after retirement, click here and learn about the home companionship services provided by Home Care Assistance of New Hampshire.

Before you attempt to help your loved one cope with retirement, try and understand the unfamiliar emotions they are facing. Our entire lives, we strive to be as productive as possible, while making money to support our day to day activities. When a senior retires, these two things are taken away, resulting in feelings of worthlessness and leaving them without direction or purpose.

Once you understand how they may be feeling, sit down and talk to your loved one about what they can do to regain that “lost purpose” in life. Suggest they join a group or pursue a hobby. Check with your local community center; many have senior classes and activities on a weekly or monthly basis. By staying involved, your loved one can regain their sense of purpose while creating and maintaining social connections with others.

Maintaining family relationships is also important for recent retirees. Talk with your siblings or other members of your family and schedule dates when you can visit your parent or loved one. If you have family that does not live in the area, try and set up a video chat so your loved one can talk to family members that they are not always able to see. These scheduled visits and conversations give seniors something to look forward to and is also a great way for families to check in on the health and wellbeing of their loved one.

Retirement should be a time of enjoyment, freedom and exploration. Comfort your loved one and constantly remind them their lives still have meaning and purpose. If physical distance separates you from your loved one and you feel they need someone to support them during this time, contact New Hampshire Home Care Assistance. Our highly trained and compassionate caregivers offer support, companionship and help with activities of daily living and transportation to maximize safety.

With 24/7 availability, our caregivers and Care Managers are available to answer any questions you may have regarding our New Hampshire home health care services. If you would like more information or are interested in scheduling a free in-home consultation, contact us today at 603-471-3004.