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Importance of Recognizing and Addressing Senior Stress

The senior population continues to grow and is larger than ever before.  Albuquerque elder care professionals estimate that there are currently 36 million seniors aged 65 and older living in the United States.  While an increase in the average life expectancy for Americans is a positive change, there are many stressors that accompany old age.  Seniors often struggle with financial difficulties, rising medical costs and declines in health.

Although many individuals suffer from some form of stress at some point in their lives, seniors are often not as physically and mentally capable of handling stress.  As a result, seniors may experience physical side effects including increased blood pressure and elevated heart rates, as well as emotional side effects that range from feelings of anxiousness and irritability to depression and anger.

Some common warning signs of being stressed include lack of energy, an inability to make decisions, constantly feeling on edge, a drastic change in eating habits and sleeping more than usual or difficulty getting to sleep.  For seniors who feel overwhelmed and experience any of the previous symptoms, it is important to see a medical professional as soon as possible.  A doctor will diagnosis the problem and will be able to suggest any plans of action such as assistance from an Albuquerque home care agency.

At Home Care Assistance Albuquerque, we provide compassionate care and assistance to seniors within the comfort of their own home.  Home caregivers take on activities the senior finds difficult, allowing them to relax and spend more time doing things they enjoy, as well as more time to spend with children and grandchildren.  Professional Albuquerque caregivers can also help provide medication reminders and transportation to medical appointments to help ensure overall health and wellbeing.

If you or your loved one is experiencing feelings of stress due to aging, contact one of our Care Managers today at 505-798-0800 and schedule a free in-home consultation.