As a senior grows older, making goals to work toward better emotional, physical, and cognitive health becomes more important than ever. A vision board is a tool used by many to create a visual representation of goals. Your loved one can create a vision board using inspiring words and images that make him or her feel good. Chandler senior care professionals discuss 5 benefits for seniors who create vision boards.
1. Stimulate Creativity
Making a vision board can be fun. Seniors can use a variety of materials to make the board, and the sky is the limit when it comes to expressing their creativity. Your loved one can stick with a traditional collage style board, or he or she can add three-dimensional objects that represent personal interests, such as postcards or flowers.
2. Maintain a Positive Attitude
During the senior years, it can be easy to get discouraged by changes in health. However, having goals can give your loved one something to focus on as he or she recovers from an illness or injury. Looking at all the unique and wonderful ideas and images on the board can lift your loved one’s mood.
3. Look Past Limitations
When trying to achieve goals, people usually have to overcome challenges before they are successful. Putting goals on the vision board can allow your loved one the chance to think about how to overcome setbacks. Whether your loved one chooses to enhance an exercise routine to prepare for a marathon or take up dance lessons despite living with arthritis, the visual reminder on the board can keep him or her motivated.
4. Recognize Major Achievements
Everyone deserves recognition, and your loved one can see the payoff of the hard work when switching images on the vision board. The visual image of the goal makes it simple to note when something new has been achieved.
5. Communicate with Others
Your loved one may not always voice goals for fear of disappointing those who care about him or her. Placing the vision board in a viewable location instantly cues family and friends into the goals so he or she can reach them. By seeing images conveying a desire to eat healthier or exercise more, Chandler caregivers can adjust their strategy to ensure seniors have what they need to make their visions a reality.
For more ideas on keeping your loved one motivated, and to enhance his or her emotional and physical wellbeing, get in touch with Home Care Assistance. We provide respite and live-in care Chandler families can trust, and our caregivers are also trained to provide specialized Alzheimer’s, post-stroke, and dementia care. Call 480.448.6215 to speak to a friendly Care Manager and schedule a free consultation.