In order to maximize their health and happiness, seniors need to put time and effort into both mind and body wellness. As a leading provider of in-home senior care, we know that meditation is a practice that can have positive benefits in both areas. Many studies have shown that regular meditation practice can produce positive physical changes. These include lowering blood pressure, decreasing the levels of stress hormones in the blood and improving digestion to name just a few.
Meditation has many mental and emotional benefits as well. For example, meditating can help seniors increase their focus, improve memory, prevent confusion and fight mental decline. Meditation also stimulates areas of the brain associated with happiness to help elevate mood.
Meditation: A Perfect Practice for Seniors
There are a number of reasons that meditation works well for seniors. For one thing, it provides the physical benefits noted above without any physical activity. Activity is, of course, important for seniors, but meditation can serve as an excellent addition to a physical fitness program. And, while people often meditate sitting on a cushion on the floor, that isn't a requirement. Meditation is just as effective when done sitting on a chair or even in bed.
As a practice that requires no instructor or leader, meditation can be performed whenever and wherever a senior prefers to do it. However, meditating with a group of friends can also be a very positive experience. Either way, it is often a free activity.
Meditation is Good for Caregivers Too
Providing care for a senior can be stressful. Meditation is a great way to combat that stress. This is especially true for those who are in the sandwich generation. They often find themselves pressed for time as they take care of their children and their parents. Even a few minutes of clearing the mind and focusing on slow, relaxed breathing can make a world of difference.
Having someone with whom to share senior care responsibilities can also help alleviate stress. Contact us today to learn more about our offerings in a free consultation! We’re honored to provide quality care for seniors by seniors in Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley, Longmont, Johnstown, Berthoud, Ault, Firestone, Wellington, Windsor, Frederick, Firestone, Laporte and surrounding areas.