It is important for all seniors to have the opportunity for both meaningful life and meaningful engagement.
Having these things help older adults feel a sense of accomplishment each day, feel connected to others which help them to feel at home, loved and well cared for.
Purpose and Meaning
Every person will experience purpose and meaning differently. Experiences stimulate us intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, physically and socially.
Purpose and meaning come out of WHAT we do. The things that give us purpose and meaning in life can change as we age and have different experiences. Sports, hobbies, raising a family, and a career may be very important in the earlier years of adulthood. Church activities, volunteering, and participation in social clubs may be more important during the middle or later years of adulthood.
Meaningful things can be big, like attending a wedding or holding your grandchild for the first time. They can also be small, like drinking a cup of coffee.
Discovering What Provides Purpose and Meaning: One Person at a Time
It takes effort and teamwork to discover the activities and interests that provides purpose and meaning for each person. The discovery process is like a working on a puzzle. You get small clues that are put together to form a full picture over time. (ASK ABOUT OUR MY WAY FORM)
You'll Experience Lots of Trial and Error (Don't get discouraged)
Learning what people find interesting and meaningful and how they like to do it takes time and lots of trial and error. Expect to try things that won't work or be of interest. That's how you learn.
Meaningful Engagement Does Not Happen Automatically
Meaningful engagement has to be nurtured, planned and be thoughtful. Make sure that you have patience and time to share with the individual needing meaningful engagement.
Observe the Person's Reactions
For seniors who may have lost the ability to communicate through words, such as those living with advanced dementia, you can watch how they react and respond to activities. By carefully watching their responses and behavior during routine activities, you can get a good picture of their quality of engagement. You can also discover different things that will help you improve their daily life.
Examples of non-verbal communication that indicate well-being and ill-being include:
There is still life, laughter and fun left for our friends and loved ones with cognitive or physical limitations. Let's help them experience it!!
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