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What Seniors Should Know about Meditation

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At Home Care Assistance of Douglas County, we have a holistic approach to home care, known as The Balanced Care Method, which emphasizes the importance of meeting a senior’s physical needs, while also helping them to achieve a sense of calm and purpose. One of the great ways to do this is through meditation, so we wanted to share a little bit about this increasingly popular activity.

What is Meditation?

Meditation is a practice that contributes to the mental, physical, and emotional health of all human beings, with benefits that are particularly significant to aging adults. It can be performed anywhere and at any time, as long as one is able to find a comfortable position to relax. Different techniques and focuses exist, but the primary, universal purpose of meditation is to consciously regulate breathing and find balance in the mind and body. By reaching this state of equilibrium regularly throughout the week, seniors are likely to find a greater connection to themselves and the world around them, and be less prone to developing chronic conditions that can make daily activities difficult to complete.

Benefits for Older Adults

Breathing is one of the most direct connections to the physical and emotional state of people. Stress and anger make a person’s breathing rapid, shallow, and irregular while a person who is calm’s breathing is steady and quiet. Meditation helps people learn to will their bodies and minds to relax, which has been established to normalize blood pressure, decrease the probability of heart disease, and combat depression and asthma. It also builds focus, allowing thoughts and moods to flow easily. People who meditate are known to be in better health and more mindful of themselves and their surroundings. For seniors in any situation, meditation greatly contributes to a sustained sense of peace and purpose.

Getting Started with a Meditation Routine

Meditation is not easy for everyone at first, but with practice it becomes a natural part of one’s daily routine. The biggest hurdles new practitioners face are finding ways to be comfortable without feeling too relaxed to stay awake, and allowing thoughts to pass through their minds without judgment or fixation. It is perhaps easiest to acclimate to the process gradually, starting with regular five-minute meditations and eventually committing more time. Within weeks, the process becomes more comfortable, and without effort or unconscious resistance seniors can enjoy a private tranquility that adds color to their entire lives.

Interested in learning more about promoting quality of life for a senior in your life? Reach out to Home Care Assistance of Douglas County, CO and speak with an experienced Care Manager about our trained caregivers and flexible in-home care plans. Call 720-441-3522 – we look forward to speaking with you.