For our most senior citizens, the way to their hearts and minds is through simple companionship. Rather than wasting money and energy on new fangled gadgets for older loved ones, a visit and a simple dinner is the best gift in the world. What they most want is time and friendship.
A New York Times article entitled “What Makes Older People Happy” by Judith Graham, analyzes various studies on consumer behavior and psychology to posit that the reason older people shun new experiences and products that the young crave is, having lived most of their lives already, they now prize the simple pleasures and experiences in life.
Contrary to public opinion, it is not about seniors cocooning themselves thinking that life has passed them by. It is just that, according to a Journal of Consumer Research report entitled Happiness from Ordinary and Extraordinary Experiences, the type of experiences that make people happy change over time. While senior citizens still enjoy being active and current, they do not use these experiences to solidify their identities as young people do. The elderly forged their identities long ago and their maturity level and seasoned attitude toward life has allowed them to appreciate the here and the now all the more.
However, when attempting new things, energy level is a real concern for those who are not as spry as they used to be and the fear of getting hurt is very real for them as they see others around them not bouncing back as they used to when they were young. They know that a careless move can lead to an injury that sparks a whole chain of events that could have lasting, if not dire consequences. In that instance, a home health aide in tow is a perfect solution for enabling them to have new experiences accompanied and in a safe manner.
At David York Home Health Agency we understand the importance of companionship above all and our home health aides are quite sensitive to this as well as the host of other factors relating to senior home care. They know how to make our clients feel appreciated in the safe and comfortable environment of their homes and familiar destinations. Please call David York Agency at 718.376.7755 or visit the website at www.davidyorkhomehealthcare.com to learn more about what they offer. Please like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter or LinkedIn.
February 11, 2014, 4:01 pm
What Makes Older People Happy By Judith Graham