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How to Improve the Mood of an Elderly Parent

Senior Care in Wayland MA

Does your elderly loved one seem more irritable, angry, or sad than they usually do? If so, they could be depressed. Depression is a common problem among older adults who live by themselves because they feel isolated and alone. A non-medical caregiver could offer them the companionship they need, but there are also other ways to improve your loved one’s mood. Here are just a few ways the elder can enjoy their life and feel happy once again.

  • Start an exercise program. Numerous studies have been conducted to determine if depression symptoms would go down as a result of exercise. What they found is that it significantly went down, while also boosting their mood. Make sure the elder gets clearance from their doctor before beginning an exercise program, especially if they have a medical condition.
  • Walk outdoors. When the sun is shining, your loved one should take a stroll outside. The sunshine will give the elder plenty of vitamin D, while also helping them sleep better at night. They may be more inclined to go outside and get moving if they have someone to walk with. Encourage them to invite a friend, family member, neighbor, or non-medical caregiver to go with them.
  • Laugh more. Laughing is one of the best cures for a negative mood. This is because endorphins, or mood-boosting chemicals in the brain, are released, resulting in a more positive outlook on life.
  • Do a good deed. Doing something good for their community, a friend, family member, or even a stranger can do wonderful things for the elder’s mood and self-worth. Volunteering at a local organization may also help your loved one fight their depressive feelings and get back to being the happy person you once knew.
  • Drink coffee. Caffeine in coffee and tea has been shown to improve the mood and mental alertness of adults who drank it regularly.
  • Learn a new skill. Learning to play an instrument, to speak a new language, or create a new craft are all ways that will keep the brain stimulated and engaged. Not to mention what it will do for their mood.
  • Read. If your loved one enjoys reading, then help them find a good book that will keep their mind engaged, while also improving their mood. Reading a mind-stimulating blood has also been linked to a lower risk of a cognitive decline.

If these tips do not help to improve your loved one’s mood, talk to their doctor about their symptoms. Medication may be needed to help the senior overcome their depressive feelings.


If you or an aging loved one are considering non-medical in-home care in Metrowest Boston, MA, call Griswold Home Care and speak to one of our caring staff members today. Call (781) 559-0073