Managing emotional changes for our senior love ones

It is not uncommon for our loved ones to become sad, lonely, and/or depressed as they age.  You have to keep in mind that you are dealing with someone who has been independent and self-sufficient for a greater part of their life.  It is normal for them to be irritated and frustrated as they come to accept not only their physical changes, but their mental changes as well.  Finding social activities within a community of people of the same age group can prove very helpful in easing emotional frustrations.  As a caregiver, family member, or friend it is our job to help our seniors transition into a new lifestyle that is safe, harmonious, carefree, and supported by our love and concern for their well-being.  Another way to help a senior loved one feel more at ease is by engaging them in activities that are stimulating to the mind.  Games and activities that require the use of cognitive resources will help to regenerate and strengthen neurological development.  A good source of stimulation would be a crossword puzzle, word search, putting a puzzle together (especially with a child of compatible interests), and music.  Spend time helping your senior loved one feel more involved and accepting in their surroundings.