Boomers are retiring at an unprecedented rate in the U.S. and you would think that they’d spend their time with friends, reading the morning paper, or going on January vacations to a sunny place. Many seniors find themselves in a difficult situation in retirement. They are now having to parent for the second time. Census data shows that nearly 2.7 million grandparents take care of their grandchildren. These additional duties can be rewarding, but they can also be stressful.

Retired adults can be stressed by many things, including paying bills with a fixed income, losing health, caring for sick parents or spouses or grandparenting. Over-stress can cause serious health problems.

“When stressed, the body releases substances such as cortisol and adrenaline that affect every organ and can cause muscle tension, insulin secretion and increased heart rate,”Arthur Hayward M.D. is a geriatrician who also serves as the clinical lead physician for eldercare at Kaiser Permanente’s Care Management Institute.

“You can’t avoid stress, but managing it can help preserve your health and well-being,”Dr. Hayward also added. Dr. Hayward suggests identifying the root cause of stress and then finding ways to alleviate it.

1. Keep your pace. Don’t try to do too much. Be aware of your limits.

2. 2. Set realistic goals and expectations and don’t be afraid of asking for help.

3. Schedule time for yourself. Recharge your batteries.

4. Keep fit and eat well. Eat lots of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

5. Meditation and yoga are great relaxation methods.

6. Sleep enough Talk to your doctor about sleeping problems. You may have trouble sleeping if you drink alcohol or caffeinated beverages.

7. Talk with your loved one, or keep a journal.

8. Be positive. Positive thoughts can make all the difference. “I am hopeful”Or “Things will be better.”

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