As your elder adult grows older, she may find that it’s more difficult to keep good moods going and boot bad moods to the curb. Part of that can be a factor of medications and health conditions, while the rest of it can come back to dietary choices, exercise, and getting enough rest.
The Right Foods
Healthy food choices do a lot for your senior’s body, but they also help her mood. Foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and vitamins are excellent choices. Fish, nuts, and avocados have healthy fats that are bursting with nutrients. Dark, leafy greens like kale and spinach are also mood boosters. Berries are high in antioxidants and can soothe a sweet tooth without adding a ton of sugar.
Quality Rest Every Night
Sleep is essential for your aging adult’s body to repair itself. It also helps her brain to refresh itself. If she’s not getting enough rest, then your elderly family member may find that her physical health and her emotional health are suffering. Try to figure out what is causing the sleep disturbances for her and then work to solve those issues.
Meditation and deep breathing can teach your aging adult how to clear her mind and learn to relax. As she becomes more adept at relaxing, your elderly family member may find that her overall moods improve significantly. These types of techniques are something that she can do every single day and they only need to take a few minutes of her time.
The Social Component
Feeling alone is not a good feeling for your elder adult. Depending on her social situation, she may not have friends who are nearby any longer, so it may be time to find alternatives. Getting involved in clubs and hobbies can help, as can hiring elder care providers who can spend time with your elderly family member.
Moving a Little Every Day
Even a little bit of exercise every day can be a huge mood booster for your aging adult. Make sure that she’s able to exercise before starting and then stick to a consistent form of easy exercise every day. Some excellent forms of easy exercise include walking, gardening, and yoga.
Another key component of your elder adult’s moods is definitely the medical component. Talk to your senior’s doctor about any medical issues that could be impacting her moods.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Elder Care Services in Media PA, please contact the caring staff at True Direct Home Health Care today.
Doc, as he is called by everyone - staff, patients and clients - first experienced home health care and hospice care while as a colleg student at King's College as he cared for his mother every day while she first battled COPD and then lung cancer. It was during this time that he came to understand that caring for a patient was more than just clinical expertise.
"Admittedly, my strongest attribute is my communication skills and the simple fact that I love to help people. Even the smallest thing you can do for someone really can mean so much to them long term. In fact, it could change them forever. That's what providing quality personal home health care should be all about."
In his spare time, he cooks for homeless shelters and children's music and arts events. He also is highly involved in his local youth sports soccer academy as a coach and Board member.
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