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7 Ways to Improve Quality of Life for Seniors

7 Ways to Improve Quality of Life for Seniors

A wise friend, tired of me sitting on the sidelines of life, said that there’s more to life than breathing.

That shook me to the core.

No one needs to be sold on how living better gives us more energy, helps us endure stress, whets our appetites and stuffs it, and keep our brains well oiled.

What are some ways we can think of to improve the lives of seniors? Here are some ways to help them indulge their wishes for many years to come.

1. The Life-saving Power Of Technology

Whether you think technology is the devil or not, the fact is that tech helps seniors — especially these days, when we live in the most technologically advanced age of all time.

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Take, for instance, heart monitors, alert systems, and intercoms. Heck, phones are tech, too! Every one of those tools has played their crucial role in saving another human from a tragic accident.

How else are you supposed to keep in touch with your loved ones when they’re halfway across the world, probably in a country you don’t feel like paying long-distance phone fees for? Skype, the popular web-chatting program, connects people all over the world, every day. This gives a wonderful sense of freedom and connection.

2. Ask For Help

Turning 60 isn’t the cutoff date for vitality; nobody automatically becomes delicate and fragile the moment they enter seniority — which is why a lot of people don’t ask seniors for their help.

A well-oiled brain prevents nasty diseases that slowly degrade it. That’s what having a good quality of life is all about: keeping yourself alive to actually enjoy living.

Let’s be real here, we like being needed. It’s an ego-booster, really. Could it have something to do with the worries of being picked last on sports teams?

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Everybody, whether we’re 10 or 90, hates to feel like a burden — like our existence holds someone back. So, ask your beloved elder if they could help you with things like sorting the mail, keeping up with what’s going on in the news, preparing dinner, folding laundry, or even shopping — if they’re willing and able! Who doesn’t like feeling needed?

3. Spend Time With Each Other

Everyone, not just an elder, needs to stay connected with people, even if just for a social visit or an hour luncheon. Time together is well spent, because really, all we have in the end is each other.

Before my mother passed, her 80-plus-year-old mom would come over each morning to watch morning talk shows over coffee. Every day. That time together is invaluable.

4. Prevent (Or Treat) Depression

It’s a sad fact that many seniors over 65 have a risk for building depression or other psychological disorders. Encourage elders in your life to see a psychologist, therapist, or even to have a mental check-up.

5. Create Small Goals

Whether we like it or not, it’s ingrained in our DNA to “do something.” When we’re young, we make mountains of goals like dominating the world, becoming incredibly rich, or having 3% body fat. In fact, some people say we make too many goals to finish them all!

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That’s why seniors need small daily goals. However, “small” does not mean minuscule or unimportant. A goal as small as finishing a few cups of healthy juice could make a big difference over time. Encourage small goals like doing light exercise for an hour or starting and finishing a craft project.

Conquering goals makes everyone feel on top of the world, regardless of age!

6. Encourage Them To “Internet”

Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram may be the Millenials’ realm, but there’s certainly room for everybody. Yes — that means people over 50.

They say we age like fine wine. What better way to show seniors’ “flavor” than by encouraging them to show the “unfermented” youngins a thing or two about life? (Was that metaphor getting out of hand?)

In fact, some senior centers have computer classes! Back in the day, it was all about “how to turn it on.” Nowadays, it’s much more advanced. Google it for yourself.

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7. Stay Mentally Fit

Sadly, many older folks lose their minds to dementia and alzheimers. Those are extremes, yeah, but cognitive impairment is still a big issue.

One way to combat this, while improving the life of loved ones, is by asking for their wisdom — their gold nuggets of knowledge.

I mean, heck, a lot of seniors lived through the Great Depression and Dust Bowl! You don’t go through those tragedies without learning a lot about life and what it takes to survive.

In this day and age, where it seems like everyone struggles just to live, ask for the advice of someone who has lived in much worse conditions than many of us do today.

Featured photo credit: Ken Wu via unsplash.com

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Last Updated on March 29, 2021

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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“Okay…”

That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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