March is National Optimism Month and it’s the ideal time for seniors to focus on becoming more positive and optimistic. Keeping a positive mindset can have very big health benefits. Focusing on positivity can lower the risk of developing some kinds of diseases like heart disease. It can also help manage the symptoms of depression, which is common in seniors. Of course, no one can be happy all the time. Elder care providers can oversee that your loved one is trying new ways to increase their optimism.
These practices can help seniors become more optimistic and enjoy a more positive life:
Make An Art Journal with the Guidance of an Elder Care Aide
Making art can have a lot of positive benefits for seniors. Working with their hands and creating something can help seniors retain cognitive skills and hand dexterity while at the same time reducing stress levels. Elder care providers can help seniors make art journals by helping them gather supplies, helping them with cutting or other tasks that are too difficult for them, and helping seniors get inspired to create.
Another way that seniors can cultivate a more positive mindset is to volunteer. Helping others and doing good things for others is one of the best ways seniors can create more positivity in their lives. Volunteering gives seniors purpose and can help them socialize and make new friends while contributing to benefit the lives of others. Many organizations need volunteers who have the life experience and skills that seniors have. Working with animals and working with children bring great hope and satisfaction to many seniors.
Start A Gratitude List
Seniors and family caregivers too can benefit from starting a gratitude list. It’s a simple thing to do that will have a powerful impact on your senior loved one’s mindset and yours also. First thing each morning write down five things you’re grateful for and think about them for a few minutes. That’s it. You can write them down in a fancy journal or a piece of scrap paper by the bed. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that you spend a few minutes every morning thinking about all the things you have that you’re grateful for. Seniors may want to use the art journal they have created to start a gratitude list.
Spend Time With Loved Ones
One of the best ways seniors can increase positivity and be more optimistic is to spend time with family and friends. Talking, laughing, and just being with people who care can reassure seniors that they are not alone and that they still have value. If you can’t be close to your senior parent you can have an elder care provider spend time with them or you can visit with them on video chat or the phone. Even if you can’t physically be together by talking and video chatting together you can stay connected and give your senior loved ones the social connection they need. Spending time with friends in a book club, having a supper club, or doing other social activities can also help seniors stay positive.