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10 Steps for Older Adults to Become More Resilient

Posted by Lynne Giacobbe on December 19, 2012 at 10:08 AM

older adult resilienceIn our last blog, we talked about the benefits of being a resilient person. Luckily, you can develop coping skills to become more resilient. By adopting a more hopeful view of life, you can improve your ability to bounce back from illness, accidents, death of a loved one, and other traumas. 

Take these steps to strengthen your resiliency:

  1. Nurture relationships with family and friends. Having people you can talk to and ask for help allows you to share your burdens.
  2. Keep things in perspective. Focus on the big picture. Don’t get bogged down in small, inconsequential details.
  3. No crisis is insurmountable. You can'’t change events, but you can adapt your response. If you feel overwhelmed, ask for help. Try to see the brighter future beyond the current problem.
  4. Accept change. Stop dwelling on things you cannot control and focus on what you can accomplish.
  5. Create realistic goals and start moving toward them. Break goals down into small, achievable tasks and tackle them one at a time. Your feeling of accomplishment will encourage you to continue working toward your goal.
  6. Act. Taking decisive action instead of ignoring problems gives you a sense of control over the situation.
  7. Discover yourself. If hard times have a silver lining it is that we generally learn important things about ourselves. As you work through difficult experiences, be aware of hidden strengths within yourself.
  8. Be positive. Fill your head with positive self talk. Believing in your ability to overcome obstacles gives you the strength to do so.
  9. Have hope. If you believe that good things will happen, they often do.
  10. Take care of yourself. Eat right, exercise, relax, do things that give you pleasure and energy so you will be strong enough to deal with whatever comes your way. 

When troubles occur, Kendal at Oberlin residents and Kendal at Home members can count on a caring community to surround them and provide the support and help they need. To learn more about our services, contact us today.


Topics: older adults, remaining active, resilient

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