Motivation is very important in everyone's lives and as kids and younger adults we have lots of things that help keep us motivated. Children play all day and go to school and as adults we work, take care of the kids and the house and many other activities. But eventually we start to slow down and there are less and less things to do and less and less things that keep us motivated.
After all, we are not going to stay young forever. As we age though, we need to find different things to keep us motivated. If you have a senior friend that you are concerned about because they are showing signs of no motivation, you might want to help them become motivated again.
The first thing you should do is to get to know them better and see what they are feeling. Ask them what they use to like to do when they were younger and if any of those things they'd still like to try to do.
Also find out if they have any thing they might desire to try and do within the next several years but just don't think they have enough “umph” to get it done. As a friend try to be there for them to encourage them to believe that there is still meaning to life and there is still a lot to do.
If your friend seems to always be confined to home and never seems to go anywhere tell them that you would like to have their company when you go to the store or ask them to keep you company when you go on a short walk.
If they happen to be wheelchair bound then take them for a stroll outside in their wheelchair. Always make it sound like you need them, make them feel important by saying that you need their company. Don't make it sound like an act of charity to them.
Check into the different organizations that offer a variety of different activities for seniors including any transportation that is available for seniors to get out and about with. There is no reason for a healthy senior even with a disability to have to sit at home a lone day in and day out.
Help them to get over their fears of going out and meeting new people. Get them involved, go with them the first few times and they will more than likely end up wanting to go later on without your coaching.
Take time to have long conversations with them, they have a lot of experience to share and you should show them that you want to learn from them. You can do this by asking them questions and be a good listener when they start answering your questions and telling you stories. When they start sharing stories, let this be their time and not your time. Let them be the teacher, you the student.
Encourage them to stay active, to take walks if they can, to start a hobby, to eat right. Make sure that you encourage them to keep in touch with friends and family members, don't let them allow themselves to get isolated.