6 Self Care Tips for Seniors

As seniors age, they face a series of new challenges that affect their overall health and happiness. In addition, seniors are facing even more challenges with the current COVID-19 pandemic. Although the pandemic is affecting everyone, nationwide, seniors are among the most vulnerable population to the virus- regarding both, physical and mental health.

Studies show that although social distancing is an essential preventative measure, it also promotes feelings of loneliness, influencing the onset of or increasing the vulnerability for those who already have a psychiatric disorder(s). Age, dementia, and MDD are risk factors for suicide. Social isolation can increase the symptoms of age-associated disorders.

A way to prevent a decrease in health is to regularly practice self-care. Practicing self care, regularly, can help improve sleep, lower your risk of depression, and even reduce feelings of joint and muscle pain. While leisurely activities are relaxing, prioritizing mental health is very important for all around good health and happiness, especially in seniors and especially during COVID-19.

Based on certain studies, we have put together ten self-care tips that just might help you boost your mood and improve your overall health.

  1. Connect With Others.

We are social beings, so it is no surprise that our overall health is positively affected by interacting with others. Studies suggest that having close friends later in life may even help prevent cognitive decline. We can socialize by: spending time with friends and family, joining groups and clubs, calling someone, and getting involved in the community.

  1. Go Outside.

Connecting with nature and being outdoors has several benefits on physical and mental health. Studies suggest that people who spend time in nature not only may have reduced heart rate and blood pressure, but reduced stress as well.

  1. Exercise.

As an older adult, physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health.  It can prevent many illnesses that typically come with age. Exercise can also reduce the symptoms of anxiety and depression. There are a number of exercises that seniors can participate in safely, including: walking, swimming, chair, exercises, stretches, dancing, yoga or even gardening.

  1. Stay Hydrated.

Dehydration becomes more common as you age. As we age, our sense of thirst diminishes. Staying hydrated keeps our bodies regulated and functional. To stay hydrated: have water nearby, incorporate foods with high water content (watermelon, melon, celery), add flavor enhancing items to water, and set reminders drink breaks.

  1. Read A Book.

Studies show that just 6 minutes of reading can reduce stress up to 68%. Joining a local book club is a great way to socialize and learn something new. If a book club isn’t something you’d be interested in, there are several online book stores that are available!

  1. Practice Mindfulness & Relaxation.

Go for a walk or be in nature. Listen to relaxing music or sounds. Meditate. Turn off the television or computer

The above content is shared for educational purposes only.  The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. 
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