Being a caregiver is a stressful, yet very rewarding job. Taking care of a loved one, spouse, parent, or patient is a big responsibility and can cause anxiety in some caregivers. Often, as caregivers, we choose not to acknowledge how we’re feeling or ignore certain signs. Recognizing these signs early on and taking appropriate action to effectively manage stress can be helpful in avoiding serious health-related issues.
Over one million people may be living with Parkinson’s Disease in the U.S., according to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, the majority of them over the age of 50. That leaves a lot of us with the responsibility to care and support our loved ones, and while it can be rewarding, there are certain considerations to take into account so you know what to expect.
Caregivers can often overlook their own lives as they spend a majority of their time caring about and for others, but taking care of one’s health is a key part of staying in optimal condition and in turn, makes for a better caregiver. When you are happy and healthy, you can show up to your job better, using that energy to offer the very best help and support.
Yoga is a Hindu derived practice that includes controlled breathing, specific body postures, low-impact movement and simple meditation that is practiced for health and relaxation purposes. It brings together mind, body, and soul in one practice. Yoga has been the wave of the new world as of late, but is not just for the younger generation. There are many benefits and reasons that support why yoga is a great practice for seniors and the elderly population.
“I’m too old for that” may be a true statement for a night out on the town, but when it comes to exercise and staying active, there is no age that deems us “too old” to begin an exercise program. The truth is, in almost all cases, it would be better fit to say, “better late than never.”