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Simple Ways to Reduce Stress in Seniors

By Debbie Nunn, 9:00 am on

Elderly people may feel anxious or stressed as a result of decreasing health, loss of a spouse, cognitive impairment, or financial challenges. In addition to these issues, they may also experience depression and sadness over losing independence and because of social isolation. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to reduce your senior loved one’s stress so he or she can enjoy life with a better outlook.

Encourage Exercise

If your loved one normally lives a sedentary lifestyle, doing mild exercises each day can promote relaxation that leads to a more restorative sleep. Also, exercise is thought to encourage the release of chemicals known as endorphins into the bloodstream. Endorphins are also known as “feel-good” chemicals because they enhance feelings of wellbeing. Exercise may also ease chronic pain, which is another factor that may increase stress. Before suggesting a new exercise regimen, check with the physician to make sure it’s safe for your loved one to start a new fitness program.

Sometimes older adults require assistance to exercise at home. If your elderly loved one needs help maintaining a high quality of life while aging in place, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a trusted provider of Clarksville home care. Services our caregivers provide include transportation to and from medical appointments and social events, nutritious meal preparation, assistance with daily exercise, and help with everyday tasks like bathing, grooming, and light housekeeping.

Monitor Medication Side Effects

Many seniors take prescription medications, and while the medications can manage chronic health conditions such as hypertension, pain, diabetes, and heart rhythm issues, they may cause unnerving side effects. For example, certain medications can cause the heart rate to speed up, which may lead to stress and anxiety. If you notice your loved one is becoming anxious after taking medications, make an appointment with his or her doctor to determine if the medications are causing stressful side effects. The doctor may lower the dosage or recommend a different medication that is less likely to produce adverse reactions.

Help with Household Chores

Your loved one may become stressed and overwhelmed because he or she is no longer able to keep up with household chores. To eliminate some of this anxiety, offer to clean the house or do the laundry. If you’re unable to handle the household chores on your own, seek out the professional services of a housecleaning agency or a home caregiver.

Clarksville senior home care experts are available to provide high-quality care to seniors on an as-needed basis. From assistance with mobility and exercise to providing transportation to the doctor’s office and social events, there are a variety of ways professional caregivers can help your aging loved one continue to live independently.

Suggest Counseling

If your loved one still seems stressed despite your best efforts, a physician can refer him or her to a mental health counselor. Professional counseling can help your loved one better manage high stress levels and enjoy a higher quality of life. Keep in mind increased stress, anxiety, and agitation may be early signs of dementia, so a full medical and psychological evaluation should be performed.

Seniors aren’t the only ones who experience stress. For some families, caring for a senior loved one can be overwhelming at times. Luckily, they can rely on professional respite care. Clarksville, Tennessee, Home Care Assistance is a trusted name in respite and hourly care. Our caregivers are available around the clock to assist seniors with bathing, transportation, medication reminders, exercise, and much more, allowing families the time they need to focus on other important responsibilities or just take a break. To schedule a free in-home consultation, give us a call today at (931) 218-2781.

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