As people begin to enter into senior living, there will be some periods of happiness and stress along the way. One of the most important things that caregivers and loved ones can do to help seniors cope with these changes is to build their health and resilience. It can help both seniors and their loved ones to make the most out of life. Good health and solid relationships can also help seniors to keep a steady perspective when the times get rough. The following tips are great for seniors and senior caregivers to utilize as everyone adjusts to life as a senior citizen.
- Focus on things to appreciate. It’s a part of life to lose loved ones, whether it is from sickness or an accident. As seniors begin to lose people and things that they love, life begins to become even more precious to them. Caregivers should encourage seniors to stop taking things for granted in life, allowing them to cherish what they have even more.
- Accept things that just can’t be changed. Although this is an old cliché, it rings true no matter which stage of life people find themselves. Many things in life are simply out of control. Encourage seniors to stop stressing or dwelling on these kind of issues, focusing their energy on things that are controllable. Stress is an emotion that can wreak havoc on the overall health of anyone, especially seniors. Stress can affect blood pressure, breathing patterns and heart rhythm. Seniors should avoid an abundance of stress in their lives.
- Encourage seniors to talk about their fears. Everyone gets overwhelmed with life at some point. Many seniors, however, were raised in an era where they were discouraged from verbalizing their fears and concerns with anyone. This is especially true for seniors who are men. Many male seniors were raised to believe that talking about their feelings and fears made them appear weak. This generation coined the idea that real men don’t cry. The problem with this theory is that it simply is not true. More importantly, it is not healthy. When seniors experience problems with their fears, ignoring the problem does not make it go away. It allows the fear to grow, making their anxiety levels build up on a daily basis. Caregivers should always encourage seniors to talk about their fears. A small amount of encouragement each day can really go a long way when you are trying to get seniors to open up and talk about their fears. Taking these baby steps can make a huge difference in their lives, allowing them to have a safe place to talk openly about how they are feeling. If caregivers or loved ones do not feel comfortable talking to seniors about their fears, or if seniors do not feel comfortable opening up to a caregiver, at-home senior care may be the perfect solution. It is important to let the senior know they have someone to turn to when they need a shoulder to lean on.
Many seniors will transition into their older age with very few problems, but many more will run into new challenges that they must face. The key to helping seniors during this time is to let them know that they are not alone. Caregivers can take the initiative to talk with seniors about any stress or fear they are experiencing. Seniors are very capable of learning new things in life, thriving in new environments and utilizing their wisdom with younger generations. Once seniors feel confident and secure with their aging process, stress levels automatically drop and overall health improves by leaps and bounds.