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Encouraging Positivity in the Elderly

Encouraging positivity not only helps a senior enjoy life when receiving Westfield elder care, but a positive attitude and outlook can also help promote overall health. Positivity has the potential to help your elderly loved one overcome disabilities,limit stress, and enhance self-efficiency.

Enjoy Nature

The environment can play an important role in soothing stress. Some medical professionals believe the more green scenery in a senior’s life, the better he or she will feel. Take your loved one on a stroll through the park or a walk around the neighborhood. This can help expand his or her thinking and boost his or her mood.

Use Positive Words

When you have a discussion with your loved one, you should always use positive words. Encourage your loved one to try doing something instead of listing why he or she cannot do it. The reassuring words may help your loved one replace negative thoughts with positive thinking.

Exercise

Seniors experiencing major life changes should try exercising. Sometimes physical activity can make all the difference in a senior’s life. During exercise, the body releases chemicals called endorphins, which work with receptors in the brain to help reduce your loved one’s perception of pain and help triggerpositive feelings. Be sure to suggest moderate exercising to help prevent your loved one from becoming injured. Exercise is not only great for boosting positivity, but it is also good for a senior’s overall health.

Smile and Laugh

Like exercise, smiling and laughing also helps release endorphins in the body, which reduces cortisol levels. Cortisol is a hormone that causes stress. When the increased endorphins reduce cortisol levels, they canalso help reduce your loved one’s negative feelings.

Stay Social

Relationships are an essential factor for a senior’s emotional wellbeing. Interacting with others can help your loved one maintain a positive outlook on life and reduce the risk of becoming depressed or anxious.

Remaining as independent as possible while aging in place can also boost your loved one’s positivity. However, maintaining a safe and comfortable level of independence may be difficult without some help. For live-in and part-time care Westfield families trust, turn to Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers are trained in the holistic Balanced Care Method, which promotes excellent physical health, mental awareness, and inner calm. For more information on our senior care services, call a friendly Care Manager at 908.450.9400 to schedule a free in-home consultation.