Encourage Independence

Caregiving does not mean doing everything for your loved one. Be open to technologies and strategies that allow your family member to be as independent as possible. In fact, research indicates that keeping seniors physically, mentally, socially and emotionally engaged can help them retain better cognitive function.

I saw a great example over at Pleasantries Adult Day Center, where one of the daily activities offered is folding towels from a laundry basket. Someone who enjoyed doing laundry or folding towels in their everyday life may experience a feeling of comfort or “normalcy” with such an activity.