For seniors, the signs of stress often go unnoticed because they’re perceived to be a natural part of the aging process. While stress affects each individual differently, when left unaddressed, it can negatively impact physical, emotional, and even cognitive health. To ensure optimal quality of life for your older loved one as he or she ages, be aware of and able to identify the following warning signs of extreme stress.
Sudden Decrease in Appetite
Stress hormones increase when a senior is feeling burdened or anxious about day-to-day activities, leaving the body to respond by suppressing appetite. If you notice your loved one is eating less or letting his or her favorite food sit on the plate, stress may be to blame.
Stress is one of many components that can contribute to decreased mental and physical health in seniors. Not every senior has the same care needs, which means they don’t all need the same type of senior home care. Rockwall families can rely on Home Care Assistance to provide individualized care plans to meet your elderly loved one’s unique care needs. Our holistic Balanced Care Method was designed to help seniors focus on healthy lifestyle habits such as eating nutritious foods, exercising regularly, and maintaining strong social ties, and our Cognitive Therapeutics Method offers mentally stimulating activities that can stave off cognitive decline and delay the onset of dementia.
When stressed, the body wants to conserve energy, which can often leave a senior with no desire to remain active or participate in any physically taxing activity. Even simple day-to-day tasks may seem unusually burdensome, and your loved one may still appear tired even after a full night’s rest.
Loss of Memory
Stress often stems from the inability to do something or uncertainty about the future. If your loved one is constantly stressed and thinking about how to fix problems that are out of his or her hands, it can be easy for him or her to forget something you said or did in the particular moment. If you notice your loved one is becoming more forgetful, see if certain topics of conversation are triggering the memory loss.
If your loved one’s memory loss is due to age-related dementia, compassionate help is just a phone call away. Aging in place can present a few challenges for seniors living with dementia. However, they can still live independently at home with the help of professional dementia care. Rockwall families can rely on Home Care Assistance to provide their elderly loved ones with mental and social stimulation, timely medication reminders, assistance with meal prep, and much more. Our caregivers are available around the clock to help your loved one live a happier and healthier life.
Stress also triggers worry, fear, and apprehension in aging adults. Stressed seniors may feel their sense of control over things has slipped, and they may question their future health, happiness, and quality of life. These worries can build up and cause even more stress, creating a vicious cycle that can have serious long-term effects.
If you’re concerned that your loved one is exhibiting signs of stress, take time to sit down with him or her and discuss possible concerns. Although seniors may initially be reluctant to share their feelings, knowing they have the support of their adult children and family members can go a long way toward alleviating their stress.
Stress can result in mental, emotional, and physical challenges for aging adults, but seniors don’t have to handle them alone. Senior care agencies can be a great boon to seniors. With the help of the caregivers at Home Care Assistance, your aging loved one can lead a happier and healthier life. We offer a revolutionary program called the Balanced Care Method, which encourages seniors to eat nutritious foods, exercise and socialize regularly, and focus on other lifestyle factors that increase life expectancy. Call us today at (972) 722-7833 to learn about our high-quality in-home care services.