When you picture an elderly loved one who’s independent, qualities like self-reliance, self-assurance, and self-sufficiency probably come to mind. For those aged 65-and-over, aging in place with dignity helps ensure a higher quality of life and sense of wellbeing.
But the natural effects of aging can sometimes make independent living harder than it used to be. What follows are reasons why maintaining their independence is so important for that special senior in your life.
Independent Seniors Face these Challenges
Since the average senior spends their entire life working various jobs, raising a family, and making key decisions, losing their independence can be discouraging.
These often-unanticipated challenges can threaten the independence of aging-in-place adults:
- Cognitive health challenges like dementia and Alzheimer’s
- Chronic illness
- Difficulties with mobility
- Behavioral changes like isolation and loneliness
- Financial hardships
- Losing their driving privileges
How Self-Sufficiency Benefits Older Adults
As an informal caregiver, the importance of empowering your loved one to maintain their independence cannot be overstated. Self-sufficient seniors typically enjoy these benefits:
Older adults have lived their entire lives with their own personalities and beliefs. The ability to make personal choices throughout the day has a big impact on how they feel about themselves. When those decisions are taken away, a senior starts to feel less like an individual. They may feel more like a burden to those around