It's easy enough to believe that an exercise program should be motivating enough, but that's not always the case for anyone, much less your elderly loved one. Finding the right way to keep your loved one motivated can help her to make some lifelong changes.
Remind Her Why She's Doing This
Everyone has different motivations, of course, but as your loved one starts meeting some of her goals, that can help her to keep going. Consider helping your loved one make a list of her goals and why she wants to be healthier. Then you can post it somewhere that she'll see it every day.
Look at How Far She's Come
If you keep a journal or some other sort of record, you can go back with your loved one and look at how much she's already achieved. That can be so motivating for anyone because it's not easy to see how far you've come while you're in the thick of it. Looking back helps to give your loved one perspective.
Avoid Comparisons with Other People
It's natural to compare similar things and people to each other. Your loved one might have some friends who are naturally more active or naturally healthier and she may have to work harder at staying healthy or active. Remind your loved one that this isn't a race and that she doesn't have to compare her experience to anyone else's.
Make Exercise a Habit
When exercising and being active is a habit for your loved one, it's easier to keep that going. Make exercise a key part of your loved one's routine and let other people know about it. When other family members and home care providers are able to keep her on target, too, it's easier to keep that routine going.
Set up a Reward System
If your loved one finds rewards motivating, don't overlook the power of having a reward system for exercising. Sit down with your loved one and determine what kinds of rewards might be the most fun for her. A special trip to a museum she likes or a gift certificate to a favorite shop might all be rewards you could include. Personalize the reward system for your loved one's likes.
You might find that your loved one's motivation is stronger some days than others, and that's okay.
The staff at SYNERGY HomeCare are available to talk with you and your family about all of your elder care needs. SYNERGY HomeCare is an elder care agency providing quality and affordable homecare in Pasadena, TX, and the surrounding areas. Call us for more information at 713-396-5211.