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How Seniors Can Better Manage Their Stress

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Stress can have a negative impact on your senior loved one’s overall health, which is why you should do everything possible to help him or her manage the stress properly. Here are some tips that can help you accomplish this, brought to you by the Fort Myers home care experts at Home Care Assistance.

Socialize More Often

One of the most efficient ways to manage stress is social engagement. When your loved one is alone, he or she will likely feel more stress. Communicating with friends and family members can help your loved one remain calm and avoid defensive stress responses instead of overreacting to certain situations. Your loved one can make eye contact with others, listen tentatively, and talk, which can help make him or her feel stressed and guarded. 

Stay Active 

Exercising can help your loved one can manage his or her stress levels. Although physical activity can significantly reduce stress, your loved one does not have to do strenuous exercises or spend hours each day working out. Almost every form of physical activity helps because movement releases endorphins into the body that boost mood and burn away stress, anger, and frustration. Your loved one can do various activities, such as walking through the park, dancing, water aerobics, and more. A Fort Myers hourly caregiver can help your loved one exercise while acting as a social companion, providing stress management in more ways than one.

Maintain a Relaxed Environment

Aging can have an impact on your loved one physically, mentally, and emotionally, but making sure he or she is in a safe, calm, and secure environment can alleviate the stress that often comes with these changes. Allow your loved one to talk about things that bother him or her, and always be willing to compromise because this can make your loved one feel happy instead of defeated.

Get a Pet

Many seniors love pets because they provide a soothing comfort that minimizes stress. Your loved one will likely feel less isolated with a pet in the home, which can help reduce depression and loneliness. In addition to providing companionship, having a pet may encourage your loved one to go outdoors more and do a variety of activities that reduce stress, such as reading and exercising.

Stress can sometimes seem overwhelming to seniors. The compassionate caregivers at Home Care Assistance understand this and know how to treat it accordingly. All of our caregivers are trained to use the Balanced Care Method, which promotes physical activity, social ties, and calmness and purpose, leading to a healthier and happier life in the senior years. We also offer specialized Parkinson’s, post-stroke, and dementia care for Fort Myers seniors. To learn more and to schedule a complimentary consultation, call one of our friendly Care Managers at 239.449.4701 today.