stress from school, new social situations, and growing up. Adults feel the stress of working, paying
bills, raising kids, and maintaining households. Seniors also feel stress even
though some may have retired, raised their children and paid off their homes.
Certain amounts of stress are a part of life for people of all ages.
This type of tension in older adults has unique contributing factors, such as
the loss of an elderly spouse or friends. Living alone can increase the sense
of isolation. Sometimes the simple tasks of everyday life can cause stress in
those who experience physical or medical limitations. The effects of stress can
sometimes exacerbate health conditions from which some seniors suffer, causing
the most common ways to detect if a loved one’s stress is cause for concern:
Changes in eating habits, such as overeating or
loss of appetite.
Mood swings due to stress may present in
increased irritability, general sadness or depression.
Memory issues may arise in the form of increased
forgetfulness of names, places, or other things that normally come naturally.
Lack of concentration may become a problem. Some seniors may exercise poor judgment,
such as excessive spending when they are already on a limited budget.
Physical signs of stress can include body aches
and pains or increased episodes of illness. Changes in sleeping patterns- either trouble
falling asleep or interrupted nighttime sleep can signal significant stress.
Seniors experiencing overwhelming stress often
isolate themselves from others, refusing to socialize or participate in
activities they used to enjoy.
overwhelming stress is a burden seniors have to should all alone. With help,
seniors can combat stress and its negative effects. Spend time helping seniors
determine what burdens they face. Help plan ways suited to their lifestyles
that are not only fun but that can minimize the pressures stress can cause. By
doing so, the quality of life seniors experience can increase, further paving
the way for them to lead independent lives within the comfort of their own