Five points in helping elderly maintain dignity and sense of control

In this 2012 article in The Atlantic (, two researchers offer caregivers “advice on how to best help the elderly maintain their dignity and sense of control, and strategies to ensure that they don’t sacrifice their health in the process.”

The advice focuses on five points:

1- Reinforce the positive.
2- Allow the senior to make decisions.
3- Remember that seniors are unique individuals.
4- Help them maintain social and family connections.
5- Focus on the little things.

I don’t find that this article has much to do about “self care,” but there may be worthwhile points here, such as focusing on the little things.

Though this article seems written for professional caregivers, I think the message can apply to family caregivers as well.

Here’s a link to the article:

How to Care for Your Aging Loved Ones While Still Taking Care of Yourself
by Hans Villarica
April 19, 2012
The Atlantic