I don’t know about you, but as I age and as they age, I worry about my parents. They’ve cared for you all your life, but what happens when the time comes for your parents to need support from you?
Psychological Care of the Parents
In the old age their nature changes and they develop the tendency of irritation. They feel insecure as their lives become miserable due to the loss of their spouse. It is therefore desirable that family members should adjust with them and listen to all their grievances with care and attention.
Talk And Listen
Seniors are fiercely protective of their independence, often to the point that they refuse help or support aimed to maintaining their independence at home. That’s why it’s important to communicate in all the midst of family care-giving.
No doubt parents had done plenty for you, uncountable sweat and blood into raising. They are the reason you get to live carefree with a proper education and a well-deserved job after. For all the things they did for you, nothing was ever expected in return. Why not show your gratitude to them every now and then?
Apologies when you step out of line
Do not let your ego get to you. Be mature about your mistakes and faults. Blood relations are built on toleration and love. You are never equal to your parents, and they are still someone you are expected to look up to and respect. Your folks don’t anticipate flawlessness from you, however being straightforward with yourself will satisfy he them.
When you are genuinely sad, be true saying ‘sorry’ it. This goes far in working back the relationship towards a closer, firmly fortified one.
Do little things for them
Observe the unique occasions as the year progressed. Birthday events, Mother’s or Father’s day, wedding commemoration, or even the day you are moving out of the old house. Make or get them a blessing, which doesn’t need to be anything momentous. The musings check. On the off chance that you have no clue for the correct blessings, take them out for a decent lunch.
If you are visiting them over for dinner, praise the cooking, help them wash the dishes after. Handmade gifts are excellent; such as scrapbooks or simply a thank you card. Little affectionate things like these convey your love and respect for your parents. So these were the things to keep your parents healthy mentally.
Physical Care of the Parents
Firstly, don’t “teach” them about nutrition. I used to try to teach my parents about nutrition. But guess what? They don’t really care about it and they didn’t particularly appreciate that approach.
So First let’s understand what you should avoid:
- Do not overcook the food to make it soft as by doing so one destroys vital nutrients. Instead, select foods which need less time to cook.
- Avoid processed foods with artificial colors and preservatives.
- Avoid medicines as much as possible.
Tips for healthy dieting
- Six to seven small meals in a day aid digestion, absorption and prevent fatigue.
- Vegetables soups without cream and thickening agents are a healthy meal to be taken as a supper.
- Before your parents leave home provide them a small healthy snack in your bag, to avoid eating out.
- Make them drink about 15 glasses of water in a day to prevent dehydration. In old age, muscle density reduces and susceptibility to dehydration is always very high, especially in summer.
Foods that can prevent diseases:
Garlic help prevent and reduce the severity of common illnesses like the flu and common cold. High doses of garlic appear to improve blood pressure for those with known high blood pressure (hypertension). In some instances, supplements may be as effective as regular medications. Garlic contains antioxidants that protect against cell damage and aging. It may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Garlic has known beneficial effects on common causes of chronic disease, so it makes sense that it could also help you live longer.
Turmeric has powerful antioxidant effects. It neutralizes free radicals on its own but also stimulates your body’s own antioxidant enzymes. It boosts levels of the brain hormone BDNF, which increases the growth of new neurons and fights various degenerative processes in your brain. It also has beneficial effects on several factors known to play a role in heart disease. It improves the function of the endothelium and is a potent anti-inflammatory agent and antioxidant.
Salmon Lowers blood Pressure and it is a great source of healthy fats. It also helps in weight loss. Rich in omega- 3 fatty acids, the fatty fish helps sharpen your brain and improves your memory retention. It is also known to reduce risk of dementia and loss of mental functions. Salmon helps promote bone health by boosting flexibility. So these were the things to keep your parents healthy physically.