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Simple Suggestions to Dispel Senior Doldrums


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A few months ago we discussed some out-of-the-box ideas seniors might try to steer their later years onto a more vibrant track if they felt stagnant or lonely. But for some people, the unusual or exuberant can feel like work. For these seniors, simpler steps may have a more profound effect on someone’s outlook.

If a reverse mortgage client or prospect — or any older friend — is feeling blue, consider printing out these ten suggestions and offering them, along with warmth and support, as possible mood elevators:

10 Ways to Shift Your Mood in a Moment

  • Call someone you haven’t seen or spoken with in a while.
  • Take a walk in nature.
  • Sing!
  • Dance (or simply shake your body; it’s invigorating!)
  • Walk a labyrinth, an ancient meditative art form. You can find a local one here:
  • Watch a funny movie or video.
  • Offer to help someone else, especially a shut-in.
  • Indulge in a ritual pegged to the time of day. For example, in the morning, curl up with a cup or tea and your favorite magazine; in the evening, listen to soft music before bed with your cat purring beside you, or your dog at your feet.
  • Make a mental gratitude list of all the experiences you’ve had that have enriched your life.
  • Recite out loud the names of all the people you love, or have ever loved.

Concerned you won’t remember these creative ideas when you really need them? Post the list on your refrigerator door with a magnet. Then write these suggestions on an index card or two (you can abbreviate, such as “Call friend,” or “Gratitude list”) and keep it in your purse or wallet. When sadness strikes, pull out the card and begin a mood-shift moment.

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  1. Great post Amara, I am going to send it to my past Reverse Mortgage clients!

  2. Hi Joyce ~

    Thanks! I’m sure your clients will be delighted to hear from you‚ and perhaps the renewed contact will lead to referrals.


  3. Amara ~

    I just read your article for seniors who need to perk up these days, and I have another suggestion to add.

    Years ago, a few months after my father died, I was visiting with my mom who just felt “down”. She was never a complainer and seemed dispirited and a little sad. We were standing in her kitchen and I put my arms around her and held her. Then she said, “No one has held me since your father died”.

    Instantly I understood, and have treasured this memory. Maybe more of us need this extra assurance we are loved to maintain an even keel. Think about the ramifications of that small encounter and how it may be an answer for others…that reassuring hug that someone cares about us.

  4. Dick,

    You are so right! Touch is essential for health and well being, and probably something seniors miss the most as they lose loved ones. Thank you, as always, for sharing your wisdom.


  5. I really feel these tips will help, I will use them for my clients too !

  6. Hi Dave ~

    Thanks so much for writing! I’m glad you find the information useful and am sure your clients will, too.

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