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Looking after a family member of the baby boomer generation can be tough. While ensuring the safety and well-being of any senior citizen has its challenges, baby boomers are iconic for their fierce sense of independence. As a result, simply demanding that a baby boomer relative move in with you or take up residence in a retirement home isn't generally possible. If you want to make sure your baby boomer parent or relative can live safely as they age while honoring their desire for independence, try these tips.
Familiarize With Technology
Most baby boomers are eager to learn, and some of the best tools you can give them to maintain their safety are already at their fingertips. Chances are the baby boomer in your life already has a computer, cellphone, and possibly even a mobile device like a tablet. They may understand how to use these gadgets to an extent, but helping them to get familiarized with them further can be helpful.
In addition to acting as devices that can call out for help in times of emergency, helping the baby boomer in your life to learn the ins and outs of these devices will reduce the risk of them being scammed online. Since many elderly are the target of elaborate scams to steal money and identities, this is a critical step.
Many baby boomers are eager to maintain some level of fitness, rather than to sit around all day. Encourage this behavior with the baby boomer in your life to help keep them from serious injury. Maintaining a regular regimen of exercise - especially one that includes weight lifting or another form of weight-bearing activity - can help to prevent falls and the severe injuries they can cause. Since falls are one of the leading causes of serious injuries in the elderly, it's important to do everything you can to prevent your baby boomer from being injured in this way.
Consider Senior Living Apartments
Lastly, one choice that's becoming more popular with baby boomers and their children and relatives is senior assisted apartments. Rather than the nursing homes of yore that were renowned for poor conditions and treating seniors like infants, senior living apartments offer independence and privacy. However, what they also offer is support for those who need it. If the baby boomer in your life needs help cleaning, shopping, or a driver, most senior living apartments offer these services to their tenants. In addition, senior living apartments help seniors to maintain a social life with those in their age range, and maintaining socialization is important to prevent depression in seniors.
Most baby boomers are young at heart and still desire the independence the generation is renowned for. If you want to ensure the safety of your loved one while respecting their wishes, give these tips a try.