April is Stress Awareness Month and because stress can have such a big impact on senior health, it’s good for seniors and their family members to learn some ways for them to manage stress. Stress is something that can impact everyone’s health, but it can affect seniors in very critical ways. Elder care is a great option to help your senior manage when you’re not able to care for them day in and day out.
Most seniors are trying to manage at least one chronic health condition, and if seniors are suffering from high stress levels that can make their existing medical conditions worse. It can also put seniors at risk for developing new medical conditions. Anything from the weather to chronic pain can make seniors stressed out.
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Household management is a huge source of stress for seniors. It’s very distressing for seniors when they can’t do the cleaning necessary to keep their homes sanitary and clean and looking good.
It’s also stressful for senior to worry about hurting themselves trying to make meals or having to shop for food but being too anxious to go to the store. Elder care for seniors includes basic household chores as well as running errands and shopping. That can take a lot of stress off your senior parent.
Get More Sleep
Sleep is essential for good health and most seniors aren’t getting enough of it. Seniors can have problems sleeping for a lot of reasons, but regardless of the reasons why they can’t sleep getting more sleep can help seniors manage their stress levels more appropriately.
Medication may be able to help your senior parent sleep better at night. So can using tools like yoga, meditation, and journaling. A combination of techniques may be necessary to help your senior loved one get more sleep at night.
Eat A Healthy Diet
Eating a healthy diet can help lower stress levels by supporting the body and reducing the impact of stress on the body. Seniors should be eating a mostly plant-based diet and some lean proteins like fish or chicken. Healthy fats like avocado are also important when it comes to keeping seniors healthy.
If your senior loved one isn’t eating a heathy diet elder care may be able to help. An elder care provider can make healthy meals for your senior parents and make sure that they are eating enough food each day to stay healthy.
Exercise is one of the best stress busters for seniors. Simple movement like walking can improve the quality of a senior’s sleep, lower their stress levels, and boost their overall physical and mental health.
Walking, cycling, swimming, and other activities that engage the mind and body can help seniors improve their overall health and stay healthy for longer. Encourage your senior parent to get some kind of activity every day even if it’s just going for a short walk or walking on a treadmill for 20 minutes. You also can help them reduce stress if you go for walks with them.