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Is Your Fear for Your Older Adult's Safety Interfering with Their Mental Health?

SKI_urban-sanden-RCF-_l7vITo-unsplashI know. I'm guilty of it myself. Seeing an older adult, particularly one you love, taking a part in activities that could cripple or even kill them makes you want to scream. Sometimes you do. "You shouldn't be doing that (fill in the blank for "that") at your age! " Practically speaking, you are likely right because older bodies rarely have the balance and residual ability to heal that younger bodies have. Bone strength and muscle mass decline. A bad fall could take away their mobility or end their life. Yet, there is more to life than sitting in a comfy chair to prevent getting hurt. For some (not all) elders, an adult child or other relative being overly mother-hen-like and protective can have some truly bad side effects for them.

Read more on Egosancares blog about how some risk may be necessary for your elder's mental health:

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