As we age, we often face many new difficulties. Health problems arise that were never an issue before; tasks which we once completed without a moment’s thought become difficult or even impossible. To make matters even more challenging, seniors throughout the world are limiting their contact with other people to combat the spread of the Coronavirus. Added together, it’s no surprise that many people are struggling to maintain a positive outlook.
The good news is that, for all the unique challenges seniors face today, there are many constructive steps to help counter them. Here are a few ideas for daily tasks that seniors and caretakers can build into their schedules to cultivate a happy life.
1. Exercise Is a Common Prescription
When our bodies are healthy, our minds have a stronger foundation to work on. This is one of the reasons why exercise is such an important component of happy lives. While staying mindful of physical distancing guidelines, regular walks can reduce or assuage a large number of health concerns; even a few minutes of exercise can have a huge impact on bone health.
Of course, getting more exercise is a goal that many of us struggle with, no matter our age. The key is to identify an activity that is enjoyable as well as physically active. Even small amounts of physical exercise a day can make a large difference in mood. It is always wise for seniors to consult their doctor before engaging in any new exercise regimen.
2. Good Food Promotes Good Health
Though many seniors may find their dietary restrictions change as they get older, maintaining a good diet is also tied closely with mood. Eating food that is fulfilling both in terms of nutrition and enjoyment is important. Focus on creating a balanced and regimented meal plan catered to both the dietary needs and the preferences of the person in question. For many people, food is a pleasure as well as a necessity; it’s important not to disregard the joy good food can bring while aiming to eat as healthy as possible. Talk to your doctor about the best way to build a balanced and enjoyable menu without sacrificing nutrition.
Of course, many seniors are limiting their trips to public places — like grocery stores — to reduce their exposure to the Coronavirus. If that’s the case, our caregivers can make these important trips in your place so you can stay healthy.
3. Keep the Brain Happy and Balanced
Mental stimulation is a crucial component of regulating mood. Homebound seniors can enjoy the benefits of puzzles and word games, which can lead to reduced stress and better memory.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, calming exercises such as meditation are equally important. Meditation has many benefits for people of all ages, including controlling anxiety and stress, enhancing self-awareness, fighting age-related memory loss, and improving attention span. Though meditation may not affect depression directly, the relationship between anxiety and depression is intertwined, and one can often trigger the other. Research shows that meditation can help reduce the interplay between anxiety and depression and reduce both as a result.
4. Social Contact Has Numerous Benefits
One of the most important components of a senior’s mental well-being is maintaining social connections. Evidence has strongly suggested that seniors who spend hours every day socializing are less likely to be worried or stressed. Whether interacting with family members or participating in group activities, seniors can enjoy many benefits to increased social connection. Unfortunately, this is especially challenging during these times of self-isolation.
In the age of the internet, however, there are more opportunities to connect with people than ever. Though phone calls or video chats are no substitute for face-to-face interaction, they can be a great way for seniors to stay in touch with beloved family members. For those who do not find using computers intuitive, an in-home caretaker can help.
In-home caregivers can also go a long way in preventing isolation and providing interpersonal contact. Generations Home Care is committed to ensuring the health of our clients by thoroughly screening our caregivers for COVID-19 symptoms before they begin work every day.
5. Life’s Daily Tasks Are Important
Another important component of senior happiness is a sense of being useful and needed. As people age and become more reliant on caregivers for the tasks of daily living, many seniors feel that they cannot contribute as much as they used to. Providing an opportunity to continue participating in necessary tasks can be a good way for seniors to stay engaged and maintain a sense of purpose on a day-to-day basis.
Routines are also an important touchstone to maintaining a positive mood. Having a set schedule can help with practical matters such as taking medication at proper times and regulating sleep. Basing each day around a similar routine can also reduce stress and lead to a sense of safety and well-being.
The Path to a Happy Life Is Different for Everyone
Though discussions of getting older are often structured around the drawbacks, difficulties, and losses, that kind of negative framework can be misleading. Happiness is attainable for everyone, even in the face of extraordinary circumstances. The best way to maintain a happy lifestyle will always depend on the person in question. There are many different options to cater a lifestyle to each senior’s specific needs and wants. The key is to focus on what brings you joy and take active steps to implement more of it into your life.
Generations Home Care is Here to Help
We are committed to helping our clients live happy and healthy lives. The independence and customized care that Generations Home Care provides can prove invaluable to those recovering from injury, struggling with chronic illness, or simply looking to age in place. Our client-centric plan of care ensures that each of our clients receives the exact care they need.
About Generations Home Care
Generations Home Care personalized in-home care and support services help those recovering from illness, injury, or surgery, living with a chronic disease, or dealing with the natural process of aging. We help people live a fuller, healthier, and independent life.
Our caregivers are trained in the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended COVID-19 safety precautions. We offer levels of care ranging from companionship, to respite for the primary family caregiver, to homemaking services, to assistance with activities of daily living, to Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Generations Home Care takes a holistic approach and emphasizes a consistent, client-centered plan of care.
Our Specialty Services Include:
- Rehab or hospital-to-home programs for safe discharge.
- Short-term post-operative care during recovery periods.
- Non-medical life management services for people with chronic conditions.
- Veteran’s connection to care program.
- Live-in services and couples care.
If you’d like to learn more about how we can help you, contact us today at 602-595-HOME (4663) or by filling out the contact form on our website.