Now that the holidays are over and all the hustle and bustle has subsided, it’s time to focus on what the New Year will bring. Your new year’s resolution may be focused on what you want to accomplish. We all set new goals to achieve at the beginning of a new year. However, let’s not forget the mental well-being of our elderly loved ones.
You may have recognized some anxiety and frustration when dealing with your elderly loved ones during the holiday season, as they have difficulty in coping with stress. The key is for family members and caregivers to recognize what triggers confusion and anxiety and help seniors manage their stress levels.
In this post we will provide quick tips to help alleviate anxiety in seniors. Each person is different, and what may work for one person, may not work for another, but trying these strategies will help determine what works best for them. You may want to consider getting some respite care and companionship for your loved one.
According to The Anxiety and Depression Association of America breathing exercises that concentrate on taking slow and even breaths can offer some immediate relief in anxious situations. Light physical exercise has also been proven to help anxiety sufferers. While physical activity can be a challenge for some seniors, our daily program offers a few forms of low-impact exercise. Our weekly yoga classes and meditation classes introduce this technique and have proven beneficial to participants.
Due to limited mobility, many seniors experience feelings of isolation and loneliness. Your loved one may have lost a friend, may be recently widowed or have moved away from their familiar surroundings. In turn, their inner circle may be diminished and a feeling of isolation can increase anxious feelings.
Therefore, it is critical to ensure they have a network of daily social support if possible. You and your family may be a great source of companionship and socialization, but with your own daily schedules and life’s demands, you may not always be around. Companionship can be a great source of respite in dealing with anxiety. It is great to know that on a daily basis there is someone there to listen, laugh with, interact with and just be around.
Daily activities and interaction are the best ways to combat loneliness and anxiety. Our daily activities and services are an essential source of support for family caregivers. Activities are more than just board games. Each day begins with wellness activities that encompass social, physical, health and intellectual aspects of well-being.
Routines are quite beneficial for elderly seniors and those that suffer with dementia. The fact is seniors with dementia and other conditions that cause memory decline or anxious thoughts thrive better when a routine is in place. The best way to relieve anxiousness is to implement a steady routine in their lives.
Our routines provide a predictable daily schedule with specific activities and events taking place at the same times each day. Each day our calendar is created with a structure that let’s clients know what they can look forward to. Not only does it decrease surprise, but, clients associate times with certain activities, which in turn lead to increased socialization and less feelings of anxiety.
The magic of music can ease anxiety and with patience and consistency. Music is an expressive therapeutic tool that helps seniors improve their mental and physical health. Not only does it relax the mind, but, has a functional impact on the brain. Music allows one to sing along, clap hands and participate in ways that brings memory back to seniors that suffer with any type of cognitive impairment.
Music allows elderly individuals to identify and communicate their thoughts and feelings in a way that is productive to their well-being. How music affects the brain is remarkable, whether it is soothing or upbeat. Weekly music therapy at our center is not only based on a consistent schedule, but, different types of music are introduced weekly to alleviate stress and create a fun, impactful environment for clients.
The best way to guarantee a great home care environment is to have the right attitude in dealing with elderly loved ones. Respite care and structured routines our center provides can continue to be implemented at home. Perhaps it would ease your loved one’s mind if a simple routine is followed when the arrive home. Maybe you eat dinner at the same time each night. Enjoy listening to music together in the evening. Talking about memories before bed can also be a great time spent together.
It is important to note that even though Right Choice Adult Care and Activity Center provides daily support to loved ones, as a caregiver your part is also important to execute a consistent routine to contribute to your loved one’s well-being and good mental health.