Experiencing stress on a regular basis can put seniors at risk of developing anxiety or other serious health problems. However, there are ways to stay calm and focused on the positive things in life. Meditation offers a way for seniors to reduce stress and boost their physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing. The staff at Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of home care Vancouver seniors trust, wants to share some of the ways meditation can help your elderly loved one manage stress.
Mindfulness meditation can help your loved one learn to become more aware of his or her surroundings by focusing on certain details. It can help him or her live in the moment rather than dwelling on past events or worrying about the future, which helps ease stress. Being more mindful can also help your loved one put his or her worries into perspective and manage problems or concerns in a productive way.
Meditating provides seniors with an opportunity to focus on reasons to feel grateful for things they have in their lives. These might be general things, such as family or good health, or more specific things, such as watching the sunrise each morning. When your loved one thinks about how much he or she has to be thankful for, it can help lower stress and increase positive feelings.
Changes the Brain
Researchers have found practicing meditation on a regular basis can lead to physical changes in the brain. These changes are beneficial and can help seniors manage stress more efficiently. For example, meditation has been found to strengthen the parts of the brain that handle cognition, emotional regulation, and empathy while simultaneously weakening the parts of the brain related to fear and anxiety.
Lowers Blood Pressure and Heart Rate
Being under stress regularly can raise blood pressure levels and lead to an increased heart rate, which is associated with the brain being in “fight or flight” mode. Meditation can help your loved one reduce stress by lowering his or her blood pressure and heart rate levels. This can make your loved one feel calmer and more in control of his or her emotions.
At Home Care Assistance, we believe a holistic approach can have a positive impact on senior health. Our proprietary Balanced Care Method is based on capturing lifestyle factors that can lead to longer, happier, and healthier lives. To learn more about the Balanced Care Method or the comprehensive Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and stroke care Vancouver families believe in, call a Case Manager at 778-279-3634 today.