How people cope with stressful situations can improve with age, according to research published in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience. That being said, many seniors might feel differently — especially those managing several chronic conditions, grieving a loss, struggling financially or caring for a spouse or an adult child with disabilities. “What we’ve seen is a profound worsening of mental health issues across the whole life span,” says Margaret Danilovich, a geriatric physical therapist with a doctorate in public health sciences who researched the effects of stress on seniors during the pandemic. While the end of the pandemic has, no doubt, alleviated stress for older adults, Danilovich notes that “day-to-day stressors are still there.” Curious about how mindfulness can help older adults manage stress and well-being? From meditation for seniors to simple physical exercises, here’s how mindfulness can help even out emotions in stressful or chaotic moments.
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