4. Encourage physical mobility and exercise
Help Mom find age-appropriate exercise classes, books, and videos to help her maintain her physical mobility and bone strength. Movement makes the aging process easier -- Tai chi is wonderful for improving balance, and weight training strengthens muscles.
5. Rally the troops around your Mom
Bring your extended family together for Mom on a regular basis. In between, suggest that all of her children take turns calling her on a separate day of the week to check in. Let your mother know that you all care, and share the family caregiving responsibilities, difficulties, and joys.
6. Focus on your Mom's basic home safety and fall prevention
Helping your parents stay safe in their homes is one of the most important concerns of family caregivers. Make sure your Mom has secure, non-slip surfaces, good lighting, sturdy furniture, and tools for reaching things, as well as nearby resources both of you can call in case of emergency.
7. Help your Mom talk about her worries, concerns, and fears
Depending upon everyone's comfort level, it can be helpful to ask your mother to express her feelings about issues small and large. She may want to protect you by hiding her concerns, but feel relieved to express them when you ask -- especially her fears about the future, including topics of illness and frailty.
8. Laugh with her
Laughing releases tension and can brighten
|SOURCE Care Support of America|
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