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Creative Ways to Help Your Elderly Loved One Reduce Stress

The retired life isn’t always as relaxed and carefree as it’s believed to be. Many seniors have trouble living comfortably on fixed incomes or face a host of changes in their physical and mental health. Fortunately, there are many fun and creative ways to help alleviate your senior loved one’s stress. The staff at Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of senior home care Summit families trust, has a few suggestions for you.

Encourage Trying Yoga or Tai Chi

Many people think yoga is all about assuming a series of complex, gravity-defying poses. Although some of the most intense yoga classes require above-average balance and flexibility, classes for beginners and aging adults incorporate only the most basic poses and are safe and easy enough for almost anyone to do. Best of all, this Eastern practice is not just for exercising the body. It also provides conditioning for the mind. 

By participating in tai chi, your loved one can become more breath and body conscious and learn how to fully appreciate the present. This way of thinking can take your loved one’s mind off of what once was and what might be so he or she only has to solve the problems in the present. Similar benefits can also be gained by participating in tai chi. Tai chi classes for aging adults are commonly held in community parks and at senior recreation centers.

Watch Funny Videos Online Together

The Internet provides a wealth of humorous videos for those in need of a little escapism. Show your loved one how to use YouTube to watch videos of funny cats, cute puppies, and cuddly babies. Watching silly videos can help your loved one temporarily forget the problems he or she can’t resolve while providing sufficient peace of mind for dreaming up solutions to those he or she can. You can also create a positive sense of nostalgia by showing your loved one how to stream old television shows that have long been discontinued.

Hold a Yard Sale

Clutter can create anxiety, and many people have a hard time identifying the source of their clutter-induced stress. Hosting a yard sale gives your loved one the chance to get out, socialize, and make a few additional dollars to pad his or her retirement savings. It will also help clear out items your loved one isn’t using so the house feels lighter and easier to move around in. A newly clutter-free home will likely be a lot easier to clean and maintain.

Host a Cookout

Spending too much time inside can create anxiety, but even an afternoon lunch on the back patio can have a positive impact on senior stress. Hosting an outdoor cookout is a great way to encourage your loved one to socialize. The sense of connection these events promote can help make him or her feel more balanced, confident, and valued.

As seniors become increasingly reliant upon others, they may lose their sense of self-worth. Remember to consult with your loved one when facing major problems of your own. Aging adults are excellent sources of sage advice. Honoring your loved one as the most experienced and wisest member of the family allows him or her to maintain an important leadership role. It can also put your loved one more at ease with his or her abilities to solve problems or at least seek out new solutions for alleviating stress.

You can also help relieve your loved one’s stress by hiring a professional caregiver from Home Care Assistance. Our experienced caregivers can assist your loved one with tasks like cleaning and cooking to give him or her more time to relax. We also offer specialized Parkinson’s, stroke, and Alzheimer’s care Summit seniors can rely on. For more information, call 908.450.9400 today to request a free consultation.