Do you remember when you were growing up? Your parents took care of you, and made sure that you did all the right things to grow up healthy and happy. Even when you went away to college, they were always there for you – on the phone, driving you halfway across the country at the start of the semester, and welcoming you when you came home. Now you have moved away and have a family of your own, but they still are a sympathetic voice you can talk to when things get tough.
However, you may have noticed recently that they are slowing down a bit, particularly since they retired. It’s difficult being so far away – you want to make sure that they continue to enjoy their golden years, but you don’t know exactly what you need to do to keep them healthy and active. Don’t worry. Even if you can only manage to visit them once or twice a year, you can still help them to get the most out of their life. To start with, it’s incredibly important to keep your parents interested and engaged with the world. For many people who retire, this just isn’t a problem, but others start to feel isolated when they’re cut off from work and all the people that they knew there. Studies show that when people lose contact this way, they start to feel isolated and don’t keep their minds active. This in turn can lead to diseases such as Alzheimer’s – which is the last thing you want to happen to them. [Read more…]