Self-Care for Seniors and Caregivers

Makilah Rae Witt

Caring for a senior family member can be challenging – both physically and emotionally. Taking time every day to implement self-care can help promote good physical and emotional well being. The following are tips for seniors and family caregivers to help nurture self-care.
Grandchild and grandparent walking
Get a good night’s sleep.

A good day starts with a good night’s sleep. Create good sleep habits by going to bed at the same time and rising at the same time every day.

Take time to do the things you love.

It is easy to forget the activities and interests that give color to our lives. Take time to invest in your creativity by activities you enjoy such as cooking, reading, traveling or exploring your hometown.

Eat foods that make you feel healthy.

When we are stressed, it is easy to reach for unhealthy foods such as salty snacks or sweets. However, reaching for a healthy treat can boost your mood more effectively than junk food. Enjoy seasonal fruits and veggies such as apples and peanut butter for a healthy treat.

Join a support group for families.

It is essential to connect with other families throughout the care giving journey for support and friendship. Support groups meet at local senior centers in the greater Chicagoland community. Reach out and discover friendships to help you and your senior loved one age in place with confidence.