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Dangers of Elders Caring for their Spouses

There is nothing more heartwarming than to see our aging parents happily married, continuing to love each other as they journey into their sunset years. With a vow to care in sickness and in health, there are many situations where a husband or wife will take on the burden of care for their elderly spouse if they become ill or unable to complete daily tasks.

While these senior adults show strength, bravery and unconditional love for their spouse, caregiving can be a very stressful endeavor. Depending on the amount of assistance, care and attention that is needed, the caregiving elder may be under severe physical and emotional stress.

Stress is difficult for individuals of any age, but for the elderly, stress from caregiving can slowly shut the body down. In fact, studies report that chronic stress from caring for a sick spouse may cause premature aging, possibly shortening lifespan by as much as 10 years. If you are concerned about your elderly parents, look for the following signs that indicate one parent may be taking on too many responsibilities:

  • Depression and lack of motivation
  • Dramatic weight loss
  • Lack of energy and trouble sleeping
  • No desire to leave the house
  • Constantly fighting cold symptoms

Use the upcoming holiday celebrations as an opportunity to check in on the health and wellbeing of your elderly parents. Visit them at home, make sure the house is clean, the refrigerator is stocked with food, and that other household chores such as dishwashing and laundry have been completed. Oftentimes, the condition of the home is reflective of the condition of the individuals living in it. Unkempt homes are a common indication that your aging parents may be in need of additional assistance.

If you feel your aging parents need help at home and you are not sure how to move forward, contact Home Care Assistance. Our Care Managers are available 24/7 and can help you determine the best level of care for your parents. Care is available hourly or on an around the clock basis and can be used for help with household chores, nutritious meal preparation, medication reminders and transportation. Our caregivers can also provide specialty care for older adults with dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Getting started is easy. Visit our website at www.homecareassistanceofalbuquerque.com for more information about our home care agency or contact us today at 505-798-0800 and schedule a complimentary in-home consultation.