“Alone we can do so little together; we can do so much.” – Helen Keller
As old age approaches, seniors often have a hard time asking for the help they may need. With fears of losing independence, being a bother to someone, or feeling like they’re getting in the way, many people often shy away from asking for help when they need it most.
Often, senior citizens have an ample amount of resources at their fingertips but might be wary of taking the first step. We’re here to tell you that it’s OK to ask for help. Not sure you need it? Here are a few tell-tale signs you should ask for help, and reasons why you shouldn’t be ashamed about it.
Are you having a hard time with the little things? Don’t be afraid to ask a family member or friend to take you grocery shopping or to a doctor’s appointment; often people close to you are happy and eager to help!
Are you feeling anxious, alone, or depressed? Seeking help from a counselor or doctor can help to reduce the stress and anxiety you may be feeling. Minimizing the occurrence of these feelings or anxieties can help your long-term health in a positive way.
Are you physically able to get around? It’s perfectly normal to not move as quickly as you used to. Asking for help to get the proper cane or walker can help you stay mobile!
Are you able to maintain your home and household chores? If it’s challenging for you to keep up with summer yardwork, it couldn’t hurt to ask young neighbors or local volunteer associations for help. If help is needed to maintain cleanliness of your home and keeping up with chores, you may want to consider assisted living opportunities.
Would you be better off with just a little help? Remember, asking for help reveals strength, not weakness. People willing to help you are out closer than you realize, sometimes all you have to do is ask.
So, whether it is asking for someone to reach something for you at a grocery store, asking a friend for a ride, or seeking advice from a doctor or counselor, we promise it’s perfectly alright! The author of From Me to We, Janine Garner, said it best, “The truth is that we all have gifts to share – time, talent, connections, insights, experience, skills, resources, hospitality. And most people love to share them!”