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Stress In The Elderly: Helping To Cope And Techniques For Relaxation

August 15, 2017 | By admin

There are many sources and causes of elderly stress. This includes worries about finances, loss of a loved one, physical injury or health issues, the lack of independence, and several others. These sources of stress can affect their physical and mental wellbeing. But before we can alleviate the stress, we need to identify the symptoms of stress.

Symptoms of elderly individual stress may include the following:

  • • Muscle aches and pain
  • • Headaches, migraines
  • • Pains in the chest
  • • Fluctuating weight
  • • Changes in appetite
  • • Difficulties with sleeping
  • • Upset stomach

Some elderly individuals may act erratically. For other elderly individuals, stress may lead to more complex issues, such as withdrawals and depression.

Elderly stress is best dealt head on. Having help and support from friends and relatives is essential to helping them resolve any difficulties they are facing.

As part of their support system, we should encourage our elderly loved ones to be proactive in their physical and psychological health. It all starts with eating a balanced diet, partaking in gentle daily exercises, getting plenty of sleep and rest, engaging in activities that promotes cognitive stimulation and other activities that they enjoy. Encouraging our elderly loved ones to have social interactions is really important and makes a considerably positive impact in their lives.

To supplement a proactive lifestyle, there are other ways to help them de-stress and relax. Some of these techniques we recommend are:

Body awareness and muscle relaxation by encouraging our elderly loved ones to get in-touch of their body and be aware of the physical self. A good technique is to focus on a body part, tensing and releasing the muscles as they inhale and exhale. By focusing solely on the body, it helps them to take the energy of stress and turn it into a more aware and meditative energy.

Using the technique of visualization. This technique has become a favorite of some of our elderly clients and friends at Thrive Home Care. It’s as simple as closing their eyes and imagining being in their favorite place and imagining doing something they love. Visualization technique helps them remove the distractions and help them try to relax.

Simple activities, such as gentle exercising. There are many exercises that are non-streneous like Tai Chi, Yoga, Pilates, gentle stretching, breathing exercises, and even meditative walks. This promotes blood flow and can be a way to be in a reflective or meditative state.

Music is a powerful tool to help our elderly loved ones to de-stress and relax. Listening to music from their generation can bring happy memories and positivity. Soothing music also helps to ease fear and anxiety.

Stress in elderly individuals are something we need to always be aware of. Early detection of symptoms of stress and encouraging them with practicing a proactive lifestyle is key to successfully treating it and can significantly impact the lives of our elderly loved ones.


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