Take a Deep Breath: Stress Relief Techniques for Seniors In many ways, stress is a part of life for all of us. But for seniors, stress can have a larger affect on physical and mental wellness.  Having worries and concerns is natural, but it is more important as we get older to practice stress-reduction techniques to manage these thoughts.  The great news is that stress, and the techniques to manage it, are usually easy for most people to practice. Meditation, breathing exercises, physical movement and other tactics can help seniors continue to live the best quality of life and can even improve overall wellness. Why is it critical to manage stress? As we continue to keep our homes and families safe during COVID-19, it’s even more important to focus on the mental health needs of our seniors when it comes to stress.  Several studies have shown that stress is linked to mental and physical problems, from anxiety and depression to hypertension and immune system complications. In fact, it’s estimated that stress increases the risk of heart disease by 40%, heart attack by 25%, and stroke by 50%. Not to mention the fact that stress can also exacerbate existing conditions – […] read more