Low self-esteem is a problem that many people have to deal with on a daily basis. It affects many areas of life and a person’s overall well-being. A person that has low levels of self-esteem will tend to overlook all the positive things in his life and focus only on failures, mistakes or things that are going wrong in his life.
Elderly home care providers see this problem on a daily basis within the aging population. It’s easy to get frustrated, discouraged and to lose one’s self-esteem in the wake of illness, loss of mobility and loss of purpose.
There are a lot of ideas out there on how a person can raise their self-esteem. So many people in the world base esteem on looks; it’s so much more than that. Some people base esteem on what they can or can’t accomplish. They may have to change their expectations to something more reasonable.
How can you help an elderly adult have higher self-esteem?
Here are some ideas on how to help an aging senior have a higher self-esteem:
– Help her to focus on the positives in her life.
- Give her sincere compliments on things she can do well.
- Don’t let her dwell on the negatives – change the subject.
- Encourage her to accomplish something that you know she can do, just so she gets a sense of accomplishment out of it and it gives you another opportunity to compliment her efforts and accomplishments.
– Help her to set realistic expectations.
- If her esteem seems to be tied to her mobility, help her set an expectation for an accomplishment that’s within her capability, so that she can experience some success.
– Help her realize that perfection isn’t equal to success.
- Perfection is unattainable for most of us
- Once she lets go of perfection, she can appreciate her accomplishments better
- Help her to realize that it’s not only okay to make mistakes, but it’s important to be able to safely make mistakes so that we can learn and grow from them.
– Help her to step out of her self-pity.
- Find a way she can do a service for someone who is worse off than she is. She will soon lose her self-pity and begin to be encouraging to another person. This process builds self-esteem.
– Help her to explore herself.
- Help her find new things she has never done before, that she could have fun practicing. This would give her some new accomplishments to add to her list of things she can appreciate about herself.
- For example, if she’s down on herself because she can no longer dance, introduce her to pottery. There’s always something new to try.
For more information about elder care in Kirkwood, MO contact Senior Services Unlimited. We are an elder care agency providing affordable and respectful home care to couples, veterans, and the disabled. call (314) 646-8131