People set goals all the time. Sometimes they succeed in achieving those goals, sometimes they don’t. Regardless of what your elderly loved ones goals are, they have to be realistic about them. It is therefore important to ensure the goals your elderly loved one sets are achievable whether they are in a assisted living community or on home health services living independently. Here is how to set achievable goals:
• Set every goal positively
• Plan out every detail
• Decide on your priorities
• Keep an eye on your goals
• Divide large goals into smaller pieces
• Set reasonable goals
• Be realistic about your goals
Helping Seniors Achieve Their Goals: Ask and discuss. “What was in your elderly parent(s) goals that lacked the ability to reach a previous goal? How is my parent going to pursue this goal with the difficulty they may have had previously? If my parent(s) achieved the previous goals easily, discover together what made it easier than the other goals and can we focus on the strengths from the achieved goals to help my parent(s) achieve their next goals?
How to Achieve and Expand on Goals: If there is more than one goal or there are side goals, a elderly person should never lose sight of their priorities. Keep an eye on your elderly persons goals so you know what needs doing and when it needs to be done. People who never lose sight of their goals have a greater likelihood of achieving them. If goals seems too big to achieve, consider dividing them in smaller pieces. Make a to do list so you know when each smaller goal is completed and gradually help them make their way towards the ultimate goal. This is a great way for your elderly loved one to have a fulfilling life and continue to live happily.