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A person’s dignity and identity are often tied to their independence. As advancing age and health conditions diminish our loved one’s ability to follow through on tasks they have always enjoyed, the feeling that life is worth living can fade. Our responsibility as caregivers is to encourage activities that contribute to their feelings of self-worth while also balancing our concern for their safety. How do we, as caregivers, balance our elders’ independence and self-esteem with their obvious need for assistance and supervision? If you are in doubt, it’s generally best to err on the side of encouraging more independence rather than less. Achieving this balance can be difficult, but there are some methods for reconciling both of these crucial needs.

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