Tips to Help Your Elderly Manage their Stress Better
Stress is a normal reaction to the different events in our day-to-day lives. And while most of us can handle stress just fine, managing stress can be more challenging for our senior loved ones, especially if they are receiving Alzheimer’s care, too.
Physical limitations, having a chronic medical condition, and the other physiological factors that come with aging can also contribute to this difficulty.
Thus, it is up to us, as their family members and loved ones, to help them fight off stress so they can live their golden years to the fullest.
As a provider of skilled nursing in Colorado at Home Health Preferred, LLC, we are sharing some of the strategies we use ourselves to help our elderly patients destress. Take a look below:
- Practicing mindfulness meditation
Meditation can help them become more aware, focused on the now, and have the ability to eliminate the stream of jumbled thoughts that may be causing them stress.
- Doing body manipulation
Body manipulation includes practices such as tai chi, yoga, massage, and reiki. These target the physical effects of stress, reduce blood pressure, and enhance concentration.
- Socializing and creating or rekindling connections
Having a sense of community is critical in our senior loved one’s mental, emotional, and physical health. With stronger connections, adversities can be less stressful for them, and they are more motivated to take on new interests.
We can help provide this sense of community through our one-on-one companionship along with our other home healthcare services.