As the world seems to be navigating around the COVID-19 pandemic and the distribution of vaccines, we are going to hear more about the re-opening of stores, amusement parks, and movie theatres. However, there is no way that we can navigate back into the old norm. Everyone is feeling the stress, especially the seniors who need help to transition over to the new normal. Here are some tips we will share in more details on how we can help seniors ease back to normal.
Be Aware of Their Anxiety
Signs of COVID anxiety vary from person to person. Anxiety in seniors may cause a certain degree of discomfort which can include rapid breathing or an elevated heart rate. In certain situations, seniors may even experience anxiety or panic attacks or express fear of losing control. Watch our for any of these symptoms that show the different forms of anxiety that seniors tend to face when stressed.
Listen to Their Feelings and Fears
If any of the seniors are facing the issues we have mentioned above, do not simply ignore them. Listen to their feelings and what they truly fear about. An active listener provides comfort and motivation for them to live their life. Encourage them with positive thoughts and think of ways on how to address their concerns. Let them know that their feelings are normal and continue to reassure them that you are there to keep them company.
Thins That They Can Control
The other side of anxiety is control. There is a variety of elements that we can actually control. Help the anxious seniors find better things to keep them engaged such as their favorite pastime or a new hobby which can get their minds off things. Let them be in control so as to ease their anxiety and negative thoughts.
Do Not Rush Them Back
Your loved ones may experience home quarantine anxiety due to being locked in their own home for an extended period of time. Encourage them to socialize but at their own pace. Do not rush them or overexert them by forcing them to do things quickly. Take them to places which they are familiar with and with just a few close relatives around. If they are not ready for gatherings, call them on the phone regularly and talk about positive aspects of life that can lift their mood.
Ease their return to the normal by reminding them to stay safe. Explain to them about the importance of donning masks, maintaining social distancing, and washing their hands regularly with soap. Even for seniors who have been vaccinated, explain clearly why these factors are still important to practice. By doing so can empower them when they learn that their loved ones are always trying to keep them safe.
Whether your loved ones are at home or at an independent living community, these tips still apply. Always make them feel loved so as to boost their spirits.