Why Are Older Adults Stressed?
Tips to Reduce Stress Among Older Adults
All of us experience stress, including older adults. For example, you may assume that an individual who has recently retired is experiencing nothing but happiness and leading a carefree life. In reality, our seniors have many potential reasons to be stressed. Perhaps they left a job they loved and are struggling to fill the hours previously devoted to their work. They may be moving to a new home—leaving a home they lived in for decades—or navigating the death of a partner, close friend, or sibling. They may be struggling to recover from a medical challenge or unexpected surgery or feeling concerned about their finances in retirement.
When left unchecked, stress can take a serious toll and worsen physical conditions like weight gain, sleep dysfunction, depression, ulcers, or back pain, among many others. If you or a loved one is experiencing stress, consider these steps to potentially reduce your stress and promote wellness.
- First, make sure you know the symptoms of stress. When you know what you’re experiencing could be due to stress, you can take steps to combat those feelings.
Common Stress Symptoms:
- Tension headaches
- Back pain
- Inability to concentrate
- Feeling on edge
- Engage in regular physical activity. Sometimes a walk outside with a friend in the fresh air is the best medicine when you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed.
- Join a support group. If you are dealing with a major loss, consider joining a group of others who are working through similar situations and feelings. For example, join a bereavement group for those who lost a partner or spouse.
- Practice mindfulness. Simply quieting your mind—sitting in nature or just in silence—can make you feel more present in the moment.
Is there a way that McGregor PACE could ease the stress of you or a loved one? The PACE program helps reduce the pressure and stress placed on caregivers and offers families some peace of mind. Please reach out to learn more.