No matter your age, stress is a part of life. For seniors, stress can be especially taxing and harder to overcome, as many new contributing factors are in play such as the loss of a spouse and suddenly living alone or the frustration that surrounds dealing with new physical and/or medical limitations.
As a caregiver, knowing the signs of senior stress will allow you to better help your elderly loved one.
- Isolation. Seniors who isolate themselves from friends, family and other social situations may suffer from overwhelming stress.
- Physical signs. Identifying factors include body aches/pains, longer episodes of illness and changes in sleeping patterns.
- Forgetfulness. Memory and concentration issues which are abnormal or lead to your elderly loved one making bad judgments may be rooted in stress.
- Mood swings. Sudden shifts in mood — as well as noticeable sadness, depression and increased irritability — may be caused by stress.
- Eating habits. Overeating or loss of appetite are both telling signs that a person is stressed.
However severe stress can be, there are steps the elderly can take to properly manage it, including:
- Socializing. Family and friends offer a strong support network as well as an ear to listen or a shoulder to cry on.
- Staying mentally active. Mental exercises such as meditation or other methods of sharp mental focus (e.g., crossword puzzles) help keep the mind healthy and in turn can reduce stress.
- Getting enough sleep. Sleeping is a time for the mind and body to recharge. Helping ensure your loved one is sleeping properly will greatly benefit their overall health, and greatly reduce their stress.
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