Looking for some inspiration? The beginning of a new year can present a wonderful opportunity to take some time to rest, recharge, and refocus on the most important things in life. This fresh start can be a wonderful moment to begin those big conversations, reach out for help, or reset your perspective — whether you’re an older adult adjusting to health and lifestyle changes, or a family caregiver looking for support.
What better way to kick off the New Year than by immersing yourself in the powerful words of others?
A good quote can become like a mantra, offering guidance and insight that you can carry with you along every step of life’s journey. Below, we list ten quotes about aging, caregiving, and gratitude that are inspiring us as we start a brand new year — and we’d love to hear your favorites, as well! Be sure to send us your favorite motivational quotes by email, or by connecting with us on social media.
10 Inspiring Quotes for Seniors and Caregivers
1.) “The closest thing to being cared for is to care for someone else.” ― Carson McCullers, playwright and author
Why it inspires us: Caregiving is one of the most incredible acts of love and devotion there is. While it can be challenging, caring for others is also one of the most rewarding and fulfilling things you can do. It’s important to hold onto these rewards and bright spots, especially in difficult moments.
2.) “He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” ― Epictetus, ancient philosopher
Why it inspires us: It’s important to practice gratitude and be present, all year long. Making a list of things that you’re thankful for can be a powerful and grounding exercise.
3.) “Sometimes asking for help is the most meaningful example of self-reliance.” — Cory Booker, U.S. Senator
Why it inspires us: Research suggests that millions of family caregivers spend so much time caring for others that they neglect their own health and well-being. One prominent study suggests that many caregivers say that they have put off doctor’s visits, exercise, and even sleep. Remember that there is no shame in asking for help! In fact, if you’re feeling tired or stressed as a caregiver, getting help from friends, family, or a companion care service is one of the most important and selfless things you can do for yourself, and your elderly loved one.
4.) “Caregiving often calls us to lean into love we didn’t know possible.” ― Tia Walker, writer and caregiving expert
Why it inspires us: As any family caregiver can tell you, supporting an aging loved one can come with a unique set of challenges — and new opportunities for connection. Every single day may be different. It’s important to keep things in perspective and lean into love, finding the joy in caregiving wherever you can.
5.) “Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” — Leo Buscaglia, author
Why it inspires us: Being social is one of the most important keys to health for aging adults. A senior companion can help provide not only support and attention, but true friendship. Whether swapping stories, going on outings, or playing games, companions can help enrich seniors’ lives, and empower them to live healthier and longer lives as a result.
6.) “We don’t stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.” — George Bernard Shaw, playwright and activist
Why it inspires us: There are plenty of ways for seniors to remain mentally, physically, and socially active, and it’s never too late to get started.
7.) “Aging is not ‘lost youth’ but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” ― Betty Friedan, writer
Why it inspires us: For older adults, aging can be a wonderful opportunity to live the life you’ve always wanted. As a family caregiver, now is a great time to look for new ways to help your seniors live more independently.
8.) “The simple act of caring is heroic.” ― Edward Albert, actor and caregiver
Why it inspires us: Caregiving is a remarkably noble pursuit — and it’s important to give family caregivers the support they need to truly thrive! Sandwich Generation caregivers deserve the chance to get some respite and focus on their own pursuits and goals. Even the mightiest superheroes need a break every now and again.
9.) “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” ― C.S. Lewis, author
Why it inspires us: Whether you believe in New Year’s resolutions or not, the beginning of the year is a great chance to think about what you’d like to accomplish in the months ahead. This could be as simple as organizing your space or updating your estate plan, or as in-depth as getting started with long-term care.
10.) “In life, one has a choice to take one of two paths: to wait for some special day — or to celebrate each special day.” ― Rasheed Ogunlaru, writer and speaker
Why it inspires us: For seniors and caregivers alike, it’s important to savor the beauty of each and every day, enjoying life for what it is, rather than what it isn’t.
About Companions for Seniors
Looking for help or guidance in caring for an aging loved one? Ready to take some time to rest and recharge? We’re here to help seniors and family caregivers get the support they need.
At Companions for Seniors, our mission is to help seniors live independently and with dignity in the comfort of their own home by empowering them to lead an active and enriched lifestyle, connecting them with their community, and nurturing meaningful relationships.
While helping seniors maintain a higher quality of life, we also hope to provide greater peace of mind for family caregivers who may need some relief. We are locally owned in Chicago, with clients in the city and suburbs. All of our companions are trained and bonded, and can assist your loved one in many different ways, including providing assistance with activities of daily living, meal preparation, housekeeping, transportation, and more.
From one hour to 24 hours a day, we can be there for you and your loved one. We understand that every situation is unique, so we provide a personalized care plan that’s modified to meet each client’s specific needs. As a client’s needs change, so does our plan of care. In most cases, we can assess your loved one’s needs and start a care plan within a matter of days.
Have any questions? Want to get in touch? Don’t hesitate to give us a call at 866-910-9020, or fill out our online contact form right here.