Stress can play a major role in life, regardless of a person’s age. For seniors, stress can become overwhelming as they manage finances, loss of independence, loss of family members and friends, and failing health. This is why it is important for older adults and their loved ones to have a number of stress relief mechanisms in place.
Caring for a senior loved one can be challenging for families who don’t have expertise or professional training in home care, but this challenge doesn’t have to be faced alone. Family caregivers can turn to Douglas County Home Care Assistance for the help they need. We provide high-quality live-in and respite care as well as comprehensive Alzheimer’s, dementia, stroke, and Parkinson’s care. Here are a few ways to relieve stress in the golden years.
Exercise is a great stress reliever for people of different age groups. However, some seniors do not get as much physical activity as they should. Physical activity causes the body to release endorphins, the hormones that keep people happy. It also boosts overall health, which can relieve some stress, and helps regulate sleep patterns. Seniors who aren’t as active or mobile as they once were can try going for a walk, swimming, water aerobics, yoga, or tai chi.
If your loved one isn’t quite as independent as he or she would like to be, this may cause some stress. However, reading can relax his or her mind. Encourage your loved one to take a trip to the local library or bookstore and revisit some old classics, pick up some new bestsellers, or check out a biography or book of poetry. He or she can even download e-books or make use of many reading apps on mobile devices.
Every senior has different needs when aging in place. Some simply need occasional assistance with household chores, while others may be managing a serious illness and require more extensive 24-hour care. Douglas County seniors can count on Home Care Assistance to provide the in-home care they need and deserve.
3. Adopt a Pet
A lack of mobility or lost social connections can make seniors feel lonely, isolated, and depressed. These feelings can adversely affect their overall health and quality of life. Pets not only offer unconditional love, but caring for them could also keep your loved one active and healthy.
4. Look to Faith
As people age, they sometimes become more spiritual. If your loved one is religious, consider taking him or her to weekly services at a local church or other place of worship. Through these weekly services, your loved one may make new friends, find opportunities to volunteer, and attend other activities throughout the week. Your loved one may also find prayer and meditation associated with faith helpful in managing stress.
5. Listen to Music
Sometimes, just playing a little music can completely reverse a bad mood. Make sure your senior loved one has access to a stereo or another way to play his or her favorite tunes. With today’s technology, your loved one may need a lesson on downloading music or using MP3 players, but he or she will likely love to hear songs from years past and may even enjoy some new music.
Laughing can quickly relieve stress in many situations. Encourage your loved one to spend time with friends who make him or her laugh, or even consider taking him or her to a funny play or to see a comedian perform. Watch sitcoms, movies, and humorous videos on YouTube together.
7. Develop a Green Thumb
Just being around nature can be a natural stress reliever for some people. Gardening is a wonderful way for your loved one to get in touch with nature, learn something new, and even get some exercise. Whether your loved one wants to grow flowers, vegetables, or a combination of plants, help him or her set up a space in the yard. If your loved one doesn’t have a yard or has limited mobility, set up a container garden on a porch, patio, deck, or even inside a sunny window.
Excessive stress has been linked to a number of cognitive health conditions in seniors such as Alzheimer’s disease. The days, weeks, and months following an Alzheimer’s diagnosis can be challenging for both seniors and their families. However, these challenges can be made less stressful with the help of caregivers trained in professional Alzheimer’s care. Douglas County, CO, Home Care Assistance is here to help your loved one enjoy the golden years while simultaneously managing the symptoms of Alzheimer’s. To learn about our proprietary Alzheimer’s care methods or to create a customized care plan for your aging loved one, call us at 720-580-5378 today.